Introducing solids to your baby; when and how?
Introducing solids to your baby is also as important as teaching your baby how to latch, now you’re giving them experience of new tastes and textures from a range of foods. It is also very important to know when to introduce solid to your baby so that you don’t introduce it to them very early of late. As babies get grow, they need solid food to get enough nutrients for growth and development.
How do I know it is time to introduce solid to my baby?
Usually the best time is from 6 months, but there are some signs you can look out for, you can introduce solid to your baby when your baby;
1. has good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported
2. shows an interest in food – for example, they look at what’s on your plate
3. reaches out for your food
4. swallows food rather than pushes it back out onto the chin.
5. tries to grasp small objects, such as toys or food.
6. transfers food from the front to the back of the tongue to swallow.
7. opens their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon.
Most babies will start showing these signs by around 6 months, although this can vary. It’s recommended not to introduce solids before 6 months. When you want to introduce solid to your baby, it’s not necessary you stop breastfeeding totally, you can add the breast milk to your baby’s food.
How can I start introducing solid to my baby?
Start by using one single-ingredient food at a time at first. This helps you see if your child likes or has any problems with the food, such as food allergies. Wait 3 to 5 days between each new food. Before you know it, your child will be on his or her way to eating and enjoying lots of new foods.
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