Is your little one grabbing at your plate to sample your spaghetti or tacos? Your baby might be ready to start on solids. But, how do you even start the process of introducing solids to your little one? Here are a few tried and tested tips from other parents.
Keep It Simple
Keep in mind that your baby will continue to receive the majority of their nutrition from breast milk or formula, just as before. You can go with purees or start with baby-led weaning. Either choice could be the right one for you and your family.
If you are breastfeeding and interested in introducing solids, most experts recommend a nursing session directly before offering solid foods to your baby. The reason is that babies who eat more solids may self-wean before you are ready to stop breastfeeding.
First Foods to Try
Here are a few first foods you can offer your baby:
- Avocado: High in natural fats, easy for baby to eat and a fun texture.
- Pears: Less sweet than other fruits, yet soft enough for baby to eat raw. Yet they are firm enough for baby to hold if finger foods are your preferred introduction style.
- Sweet Potato: An excellent source of vitamin A and easy to steam or mash. Also, sweet potato is a great mixer for future purees if you’re using them.
Take Your Time
Allow your child to try one food at a time in the beginning. That way you can see if your baby has any problems with a certain food, like food allergies. Give it three to five days between introducing a new type of food.
Common allergenic foods include
- Fish and Shellfish
- Tree Nuts and Peanuts
In general, there is no need to delay introducing these foods to your baby. However, if there is a family history of food allergies, be sure to discuss that with your pediatrician before offering it to your little one.
Continue What You’re Already Doing
The best news about introducing solids is that you can keep giving your baby formula or breast milk without worrying your little one is going hungry. In the beginning, solid foods provide so little nutrition to your baby that it is just for fun and practice. So, take your time and make it fun for your child.