Giving your baby his first spoonful of solid foods is an exciting time! Many parents look forward to the day their little one takes their first bite of rice cereal, and in many cases, baby is just as eager! So how do you know if your baby is ready to transition to solids?
Here are a few tips for helping you introduce and successfully navigate feeding your baby solids.
As a general rule, most babies are ready to tackle solids between 4 and 6 months of age.
To start, give your baby half a spoonful or less of one type of solid food. Generally it doesn’t matter which food is introduced first, but many parents begin with an iron-fortified rice cereal. Once he masters one type of food, then you can gradually give him new foods.
Other foods, such as small banana pieces, scrambled eggs and well-done pasta can also be given to the baby as finger foods. This is usually around the time the baby can sit up and bring his hands or other objects to his mouth.
As your baby learns to eat a few different foods, gradually expose him to a wide variety of flavors and textures from all food groups. In addition to continuing breast milk or formula, you can also introduce meats, cereals, fruits and vegetables. It’s important to watch for allergic reactions as new foods are incorporated into your baby’s diet. If you suspect an allergy, stop using that food and contact your Edison pediatrician.
Talk to Nimisha Shukla, MD for recommendations about feeding your baby solid foods. Your [location] pediatrician can answer any questions you have about nutrition, eating habits and changes to expect as your baby embarks on a solid food diet.