We along with many mamas are always so excited to see how our littles will react to their first solids! Will they love the taste of lemons, or make a hilarious cringe face!? Will avocados be their favorite, or pears?
These questions also can come with some anxiety... How will I know when my baby is ready to try solids? Which foods should I start with? While every child is different, we have a few tips on baby's first solids and how to go about the process.
Along with these tips, we highly recommend visiting FARE's website (FoodAllergy Research & Education) to learn more about introducing common allergens to littles like peanuts, etc.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BABY IS READY TO START SOLID FOODS?
Every child is different, but most babies are ready for solids between 4 and 6 months. And, as with anything related to your baby’s health, it is best to consult with your child’s pediatrician. Your baby’s 4 or 6-month doctor's visit is a great opportunity to have a conversation with your pediatrician about introducing solids!
Some signs that your little is getting ready for solids include:
WHAT KIND OF SOLID FOODS SHOULD I START WITH?
The best way to go about introducing solids is one at a time. Trying out nutrient-dense foods one by one a great way to identify any allergens your little may have and expand on their taste!
Whichever foods you decide on, the key is texture and consistency. Mashing, puréeing, or even blending solids make sure that all new foods are in a form that your baby can handle without choking.
Some of our favorite "firsts" include:
HOW DO I PREPARE MY BABY'S FIRST SOLIDS
Many fruits and vegetables can be great starters for baby as long as they are prepared correctly!
We recommend mashing or puréeing to make sure that the texture is one that your little can handle without choking. Our MASH bowl and spoon kit is a great start for this as you can mash and feed from the same bowl (and we're not here to clean out a blender each meal, right??)
For foods that are harder, steaming is a great solution to make sure that they mash easily. For example, cauliflower, squash, and even blueberries can be steamed in advance for easy mashing. These harder foods should be mashed completely before feeding to avoid any chunks. You can also use a little bit of formula or breastmilk to thin out the foods to get the right consistency for your little one.PREPARATION HACK: We love prepping baby food ahead of time when we have the chance! When you have a free minute, puree or mash up your little's favorite solid. Transfer the mashed food to an ice cube mold and allow to freeze. When you're ready for an outing, put as many cubes as you need in a baggie or an OTG along with your MASH. When you're ready to eat, take out your defrosted cubes and easily mash up in your bowl with a spoon and you're ready to feed!
ARE THERE ANY "RULES" I SHOULD FOLLOW?
We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Here is a list of guidelines that Baby's First website outlines to make sure you are feeding your baby safely:
HAVE FUN ON YOUR FEEDING ADVENTURES!
We hope that these tips were helpful in your feeding journey and that you can confidently start enjoying solids with your little. We would like to reiterate that every baby is different and that you should consult your pediatrician before beginning solids or if you have any questions about specific foods.
Have fun trying out some new solids and happy mashing!
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