As what most pediatricians say, when your baby is already 6 months old, that is the perfect time for you to introduce solid food. However, it is very important for you to take it slowly. Most importantly, you need to make sure that you are introducing safe food for your little one. This is also the right time for you to learn. You need to use the experience to know your baby’s preferences, allergies, progress and nutritional requirements. Although most parents get excited about this new stage in their baby’s life, there are some who are a little challenged especially because they want to ensure the health and safety of their babies. To help you with introducing solid foods to your baby, here are a few helpful tips to take note of.
You should not rush the process because it is only after reaching six months old that you can add solid food to your baby’s diet. Be patient and bear in mind that this is not a hard and fast rule because there are some babies who can easily gobble up the new food items being served while the others may need more time before they’ll accept the taste of solids.
It is also important that you introduce solid food one at a time. This is very crucial so you can take note the reactions of your baby toward each solid food. Also, this is a great way of identifying allergies. At first, you can give her mashed potatoes. And after several days, you can give her steamed carrots.
Those that are prepared for easy chewing as well as swallowing are considered the best types of solid foods for babies. Opt for pureed and steamed. After that, you can move to those that do not have to be thoroughly pureed or those that have lumpier consistencies. You should not put any spices, salt, seasonings or pepper. You can give her steamed and mashed vegetables (sweet potato, squash, cauliflower, carrot, and potato), raw and mashed ripe fruits (papaya, avocado and mango), and cooked fruits. After several weeks, give her small servings of cooked meet like chicken or fish.
And lastly, as much as possible, you must give her homemade food. Be sure that it is only prepared with fresh ingredients in order to let the natural texture and flavour stand out. Most health-conscious families and health experts nowadays recommend avoiding giving your child processed and ready-to-eat baby food. But if this can’t be avoided, you must read the nutrition facts and opt only for those with less or no sugar and salt. Taking note of these things will certainly help you be prepared for this new level in your baby’s life.