Giving your child solid foods is one of the most important milestones in your child’s development. In this articles, we will discuss 10 tips to starting solid foods for your child.
Choose the right time to start eating solid
Experts recommend starting solids for your child when they are 4-6 month old. However, not all children develop at a same pace. Some children may take longer to be able to start eating solid. A good indicator to start giving solid to your child is when your child is able to sit up straight on their own without adult’s help, or if they can turn their heads or chew their foods.
You should still feed your child mother milk
Switching to a diet completely of solid foods can be hard for your child’s digestion. Instead of making the sudden change, slowly introduce solid foods to your child. Remember not to completely replace mother milk with solid foods during this period.
Start with baby cereal
You can give your child cereal to start with. Your child will experience many new flavor from the cereal choices on the market. Go for iron-fortified cereal. Iron and zinc are important nutrients in the second half of your baby’s first year.
Allow your child time to adjust to the change
Solid foods will feel very strange to your child. They might not like the foods at first and may refuse to eat them. If you can only feed your child one or two spoons of solid foods, that’s ok too. Try to have patient when you introduce new food to your child.
Pick the right food texture
Picking the right texture of food can help your child enjoy solid foods more. Give your child pureed food when they’re around six months old, progressing to mashed foods, then minced and chopped foods. You can make mealtime more fun for your child by introducing finger foods when they’re around eight months old.
Wait until your baby is hungry
Children are more likely to eat their food when they are hungry. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should starve your child! When your child is full, they are not interested. You might notice if your child is hungry if they get excited when they see you getting the food ready, or if they lean towards you while they’re in their chair.
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Review Date: September 21, 2016 | Last Modified: March 25, 2019
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