Starting Solids For Your Baby — Few Things To Keep In Mind
There are too many doubts and questions moms have when they decide to introduce solids to their little ones. As per World Health Organization, solids should be introduced to babies once they complete six months or unless otherwise advised by the doctor. There are few developmental signs that you should look for and check if the baby is ready for solids:
1. A proper head control is important which means your baby can sit up well without support (on an infant feeding seat or highchair) and can keep his head in an upright position.
2. Curiosity about food is an important factor too. Notice if your baby is eager to participate in the mealtime and reaches out for food or opens his mouth when you offer food.
3. Your baby should have lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
Each baby is different, so it is advisable to speak to your child’s doctor about how, when and what to introduce first to your baby. Once you are sure that the baby is ready to be introduced to solids, you can start with one food at a time. Make sure to give a gap of three to four-days before you introduce a new food. Opt for traditional baby foods first like infant cereal, pureed veggies, and fruits to avoid the risk of allergy.
It is important to focus on the nutritional value not the quantity of food. Let your baby decide how much he needs. It is good to start with about 1 or 2 teaspoons of baby food. Always test the temperature of the food before you offer it to the baby.
You need not be a chef for making a baby food as it is easy to prepare and does not require much of a preparation. To prepare a homemade baby food we majorly use just three kitchen equipment:
· A pressure cooker (half or one litre capacity)
· A good quality strainer
· Hand-Blender or a regular blender
Baby food should be packed with nutrition and should be easy to digest as well. Soft cooked thinly pureed fruits and veggies are a good option for one of baby’s first food. Babies tend to like fruits with natural sweetness which is why pureed apples sauce, bananas, peaches, pears and sweet potatoes can be a really good option for healthy baby food. If you wish to start with infant cereals then make sure it is runny in consistency. Once your baby starts eating more, gradually thicken the consistency.
Start with small quantity first, maybe a spoon or two and gradually increase it. Don’t stick to any boring or bland baby food, with so many baby food recipes accessible online you can cook yummy and healthy homemade baby food for your little munchkin. A homemade baby food is a complete meal for your baby and it contains the right amount of nutrients required for their growth.