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Introducing Solid Foods To Your Baby

Many new parents feel nervous about introducing solid foods into baby’s diet for the first time. So far, feeding has been pretty simple, and all of a sudden there are so many ‘rules’ and ’tips’ from every baby book, magazine and friend around. The truth is, there are a lot of myths and misinformation out there, and even seasoned mums and dads might not know all the answers.

Introducing Solid Foods To Your Baby

You may be wondering when it’s the ‘right’ time to start offering solids to your bundle of joy. Your mum may have waited five months, and your cousin insists six. That’s all well and good as it worked for their children – but it doesn’t mean that you have to be on the same timeline. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ age for every child to start eating solid foods. In fact, every child is on his or her own schedule. However, if your baby is around the six month mark, is holding his or her head up, can coordinate eye and hand movement, and seems curious about the foods you’re eating – then it is safe to say you may begin to introduce solids.

It is important to note that when first introducing solid foods, they should be in addition to breast milk or formula. They are not quite a substitute just yet. It is also important not to feed baby honey (or foods containing honey) during his or her first year, since ingesting honey at such an early age can cause infant botulism. Other than that, small tastes of anything soft and easy to eat is a good place to start. Bananas and avocados are excellent options since they are soft and easily mashed up for feeding. Mashed sweet potatoes are another wonderful and nutritious option.

You may be concerned about food allergies – and rightfully so! It is important to only introduce one new food every three to five days. This enables you to carefully rule out food allergies. It is also a good idea to be aware of allergies within the family.

This is a whole new world for you and baby – remember to have fun! It may take a few tries with certain flavours before he or she takes a liking, but don’t feel discouraged. Embrace this special time – soon enough your little one will be stealing your favourite dishes right from your plate!

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