A Short Guide to Starting a Baby on Solids
Taking care of a baby can be challenging. It’s not just about breastfeeding, and dealing with baby sleep issues. Today, you see yourself shopping for baby bibs in Malaysia, and then the next day, you are having a hard time feeding your baby. Feeding a child can be difficult, most especially if you don’t know a lot about food milestones.
Introducing solid food is a fun baby milestone. You wouldn’t want to miss your kid’s first ever take on a solid food product. According to pediatricians, you can begin feeding your kid solid baby food between 4 months to 6 months old. However, that depends if your child is really ready for it.
- Below are some signs that your little one is fully prepared for solid baby food:
- She still appears hungry even after getting a complete portion of milk.
- She can already hold up his head, and sit upright.
- She looking at all the things around her, and is very curious about the things you are eating.
Baby’s First Solid Food
4 months to 6 months – cereals
Cereals are good early solid food since they are fortified with iron. Just combine a teaspoon of any single-grain cereal, with 4 teaspoons to 5 teaspoons of formula milk or breast milk. Once your kid gets used to swallowing cereal, feel free to thicken it by using breast milk or water.
4 months to 8 months – Pureed meats, veggies and fruits
It’s all up to you if you want to start with carrots, bananas or pureed chicken.
6 months to 8 months – One-ingredient finger foods
Whether you are starting solid food intake with finger food or purees, many babies love experimenting with self-feeding. Don’t give her any raw food, or hard food like carrot sticks and apple slices. Choose food which are soft enough to mash.
9 months to 12 months – Ground, chopped, or mashed food
As soon as your kid is able to, it’s time to move on from smooth purees. Introduce to her new finger food, and see to it that there is some texture in the meal.