..where little means a lot

Are You A New Mom?
Get free samples of Baby formula, Diaper
Baby Magazines, and Coupons.

By Planning Family

Your Baby's Very First solid Food

Different babies, different reactions! Some take on to solid food with relish while others prefer to wait. The transition to solids however should be a gradual process. By introducing one solid food at a time and giving a gap of a few days before introducing the next will enable you to identify the cause and reactions of allergies, if any.

Your baby will also be given the chance to adjust to this important milestone at a comfortable pace. Remember, do not feel pressurized; in the start the aim of providing solids is not so much for the nourishment but the different tastes and textures.

Some babies like the same food over and over again while others move on quickly to more varied purees.

Why Infant Cereals

• Cereals are the most common first foods recommended by pediatricians because they are most gentle on the baby's developing gut and in texture they are not very different from the creamy milk babies are accustomed to.

• Prepared correctly the consistency should be very thin, very much like breast or formula milk.

• The best way to start baby on his first solid food is to introduce him to single grain, iron-fortified cereal. They are sold in powder form and need to be mixed with either expressed breast milk or formula (at this stage milk is preferred over water).

• Rice cereal is preferred for its 'safety feature' in that it is least likely to cause allergic reaction.

• There is a wide array of cereals in the market and these commercial brands are all iron-fortified but some do come pre-mixed with powdered formula. Take note of that.

• Once your baby has adjusted to rice cereal you may want to try other single grain cereals such as oatmeal or barley. You may want to wait 5-7 days before trying a new food to test for reactions.

• The next stage would be to introduce her to mixed cereals. Most of these are wheat based and may cause a reaction though this is very rare.

Generally feed your baby runny, soft, smooth purees that can be swallowed easily. From smooth solids you can progress quite quickly to thicker, coarser consistencies.

Preparing Infant Cereal

• Initially prepare a thin consistency (not too different from milk your baby is used to). You can gradually thicken it when your baby gets accustomed to this consistency to something resembling soft mush.

• Start with 1 teaspoon of cereal once a day for about a week and gradually progress to 2-3 teaspoons or the amount that suits your baby. As a rough guide most babies progress to 2-4 tablespoons two times a day later on. In the start your baby will be pushing it to the top of her mouth and swallowing it and a thicker consistency may cause her to choke. For starters it should be very similar to the milk your baby is used to.

• Serve the portion using an infant spoon and at room temperature or lukewarm.

• Never feed baby cereal from a bottle. Bottles are for liquids only. Get her accustomed to feeding from a bowl with a spoon as this will encourage the development of her feeding skills.

• Some days can be bad and other days can be better. Feed your infant as much as she wants to eat and don't force-feed. As long as your baby is growing well, the number of teaspoons does not really count right now.

When is the best time?

• The best times to introduce baby to solids is in the late morning or early afternoon, after baby has had a little milk. The rest of the day can be used to monitor for reactions. Pick a time when baby is not cranky and in good spirits.

• Stay relaxed yourself so that your anxiety doesn't reach your baby.

• Do not force baby to feed more; she knows when she's full. Babies have small stomachs (remember!).

• Babies make funny faces, spit out, play with their foods, or behave fussily. Take it in your stride and before you know it he may soon love these foods. Your patience matters a lot.

• Since babies do not have a particular fixed taste for anything, use this time to get baby used to healthy foods such as greenies like peas and broccoli and spinach (all pureed, of course.

• Be patient and don't give up. Tomorrow is another day. Realize that it may take a few attempts before feeding gets easier.

Other first foods

• Banana is a great first food; it should be mashed properly, enough to slide off the spoon. Finely pureed, sieved potato is another good starting point.

• After about 2-3 weeks once your baby gets used to single flavors and mini meals, you can start blending two flavors and serving slightly more.

• Introduce new flavors by blending food into a little baby rice so that the new taste will not be too strong. For example pureed vegetables such as carrot or broccoli can be mixed with some powdered rice. Later you can even blend more diverse flavors such as peas and cauliflower, apple and banana, pear and semolina etc.

Share this
Disclaimer: Information contained on this Web site is intended solely to make available general summarized information to the public. It should not be substituted for medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult with your pediatrician and/or health care provider before acting on any advice on this web site. While OEM endeavors to provide up-to-date and accurate information, it is not liable for any advice whatsoever rendered nor is it liable for the completeness or timeliness of any information on this site.
Home | About Us | Preconception | Pregnancy | Parenting |

Free Newsletters
| Contact Us | Feedback | Sitemap
All Rights Reserved. © 2022 Welcome Baby Home | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use