When to Introduce Solid Foods
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting your child on solids between 4 and 6 months. But because every child is different, also look for the following signs that they are developmentally ready:
- They can sit well when supported and hold their head up in a steady, upright position.
- They are curious and show interest in what you are eating. They may open their mouths and lean forward when food is offered.
- They lost the tongue thrust reflex that automatically pushes food out of their mouth.
For the first few feedings, give your baby 2 to 4 tablespoons of pureed solid food or infant cereal. Start simple with single-ingredient foods with no sugar or salt. Iron and zinc are important nutrients in the second half of your baby's first year. These nutrients are found in pureed meats and single-grain, iron-fortified cereal. Wait 3-5 days before introducing any new foods to easily determine the cause in case your baby has a reaction. Avoid giving your baby the following foods: honey (if introduced too early, can cause botulism), cow’s milk (can increase the risk of iron deficiency) and foods that are choking hazards (nuts, popcorn, grapes, raw vegetables, hot dogs, chunks of meat/cheese, hard candy) It is important to continue with breast milk or formula feedings until your baby is at least a year old to provide necessary nutrition.
As soon as your child understands the concept of eating and is excited by mealtime, start them on a schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner to establish routine. Remember, if your little one does not express interest in eating, never force or pressure them to eat. Creating a positive feeding relationship and environment builds a foundation for healthy eating.
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