This post on how to introduce solid foods to baby is sponsored by Plum Organics®. All opinions are my own.
Is It Time To Introduce Solid Foods To Baby?
Oh man, do I recall introducing my first baby to solids. It was such a big deal. So much anticipation. After all you are a mommy with your very own baby (a little miracle) to take care of. Having a baby depend on you feels amazingly wonderful and a little overwhelming at times too. You wonder if the time is right to introduce solid foods to your baby. You wonder which solid foods to start with. And you can’t wait to see your baby’s reaction to solid food! What will baby think and how will baby react to solid baby foods?
First, is your baby ready for you to introduce solid foods? The general guideline that most people use for introducing baby food is that the baby should be between 4 and 6 months of age. It is also pretty accepted that the baby gives you the cue that they are ready to begin to try solid foods when they show interest in what you are eating. When they begin watching you put food in your mouth and start reaching for it, then baby is typically ready for the introduction to solid foods.
Baby Cues to Look For:
- Baby can sit with support
- Baby can hold his/her head upright
- Baby is starting to stick things in mouth to chew on
Now bear in mind, this doesn’t mean baby transitions immediately to solid baby food- that is why I used the words “introduction to solid foods”. Baby should still continue to breastfeed like normal because when solid foods are first introduced, baby is just tasting them initially and not consuming large amounts of solid foods.
How To Introduce Solid Foods To Baby
When your doctor gives you the go ahead, introduce one type of baby food at a time. Baby has to learn to use their tongue in a whole new way to take food in and swallow solid foods so be patient as most of the first solid food will go in but much of it comes back out too!
Perfect first foods include single veggies, single fruits, and baby cereals. Instead of trying bland white rice cereal for baby, you may want to try something more nutritious and flavorful such as Plum Organics Hello Morning™ Stage 1 cherries & oats or pears & quinoa. The Plum Organics baby food is made with nourishing whole grains & real fruit and is a perfect first breakfast food for baby.
For baby’s first solid foods, use organic, non-GMO, whole, and simple ingredients when possible. Make sure to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables to baby so they can expand their palate. You will also want to offer a range of flavors and textures. Taste buds are constantly evolving so don’t give up. If she doesn’t like banana now, try again in a few weeks and she may suddenly like it.
As we introduce solid foods to baby, we have the opportunity to introduce healthy habits and help healthy taste preferences be formed. It is important to introduce a variety of solid baby foods that expose baby to many flavors, textures and ingredients. Have fun with it and baby will too!
Plum Organics Baby Foods
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I hope you found these tips for how to introduce solid foods to baby helpful. Are you excited about introducing solid foods to baby? What are you planning to give your baby first? With my daughter I introduced peas first and at 10 years old now, she still loves peas!