Starting Solid Foods
28 NOVEMBER 2017
When should you introduce solid foods to your baby?
Doctors recommend exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months of age. After that, you can begin solid food once a day to complement breast milk. It is typically at this age that your baby will be able to push the solid food to the back of the throat with the tongue.
You should continue breastfeeding till your baby is a year old. If it suits you and your baby, you can even continue after that.
How Do I Know My Baby Is Ready For Solid Food?
Watch out for these behaviors as signals indicating that your baby is ready:
What To Expect
At first, your baby may not be fully able to swallow what you feed, and food may dribble out of the mouth and onto the chin. It is also likely that your baby may refuse solid food since the taste and texture is new, which is normal. Keep trying to introduce small amounts every few days. Some babies are slower to take solids than others – watch out for the signs of readiness, and don’t hurry. After a while, your baby may be ready for finger foods that can be eaten independently.
Foods To Begin With
Mash a ripe banana with breast milk for your baby’s first food. Buy organic brown rice cereal made especially for babies, and prepare it with breast milk. Fruit and vegetable purees and smoothies are convenient, easy and colorful. Closer to a year, your baby can start eating soft pieces of fruits such as pears and vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato.
Tips And Tricks
Here’s wishing your baby a healthy and happy start to a lifetime of plant-based whole food!