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Milk has been part of your baby’s meal time for so long, that’s why altering and shifting (though, not totally) to solid food can be challenging for both of you. To add on that, we haven’t heard of any mom positively confessing that it’s been an easy drill feeding the little one solid food. Let’s remember that the change is equal challenging for the both of you. But don’t worry, anything that gets measured, gets done, right? So let’s take it step by step. First, introducing solid food should be during his 4 months to 6 months. Before you do, ask your doctor first, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least six months – though parents will attest that some babies are eager and ready to eat solids earlier. To know whether your baby is ready for beyond liquid-only nourishment, here are the following cues you should look out for: 1. Your baby needs to be able to do head control which means his head is in line with the rest of his body as it’s pulled out. 2. Your baby needs to be able to sit upright. 3. Your baby should be able to do less drooling. Teething is a good sign, too. 4. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight. 5. Your baby may begin eyeing your food plate and trying to reach for anything that looks appetizing. For most babies you can start with any pureed solid food. A purée is cooked food, usually vegetables or legumes, that has been ground, pressed, blended or sieved to the consistency of a soft creamy paste or thick liquid. Pureeing homemade baby food is very simple and fun. Good foods to start with include pureed sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, peaches, and pears. First, give him one or two teaspoons of pureed solid food. Take not to use plastic spoon to avoid gum injuries. Start with just a small amount of food on the tip of the spoon. Do not do a thrice-a-day-feeding instead begin with just once a day solid meal time. Do not force your baby especially when she throws tantrum. Practice and practice till she gets used to the process and considers it as a daily routine.
Once she gets used to his new diet, he'll be ready for a few tablespoons of food a day. If he's eating cereal, gradually thicken the consistency by adding less liquid. As the amount your baby eats increases, add another feeding. Of course, it’s also important to pay attention to these cues when your baby is already full:
● Closes his mouth when food is offered.
● Turns his head away when food is offered.
● Pushes food away (or throws it on the floor!)
There’s no need to tell you about being patient as your baby is learning eating solid food anew. You already know about that! It’s a whole new lot experience that will last a lifetime. So be there and always eat with them. It will help your baby to develop their social skills. Not only that, “children are great imitators”; thus, constantly seeing you eating will engage her to eat too, eventually. Keep meal time delightful. Focus on being together and enjoy every meal!