Does your baby double his birth weight? Does he reach for food in your plate while you eat? Maybe it is a good time to introduce to your baby new flavors.
The introduction of solid foods in baby’s diet can be fun, interesting and memorable experience, but for most parents it can be confusing. New mothers most of the time are getting conflicting advices, so when they are faced with finishing the feeding, among them occur questions like “When should I start? “, “What to introduce first? “, “How many teaspoons to give?.
The Best Solid Food For Your Baby
However, every baby is different and at different time shows his readiness for solid food, which depends not only on the maturity of the digestive system, but also the willingness of the development of the baby.
Here are cues that will show you that your baby is ready for “dense” diet:
-Baby is between 4 and 6 months. This is when the baby’s digestive system is mature enough to be able to deal with solid food. But experts say that at 6 months of age with iron natural reserves of the baby, which he had collected while he was in your stomach, significantly reducing, and iron in liquid food can not replace them. Therefore, in addition to breast milk or formula milk, baby needs additional sources of nutrients.
-Your baby can sit with or without assistance. Even if he cannot just sit in a chair for feeding, he should be able to sit upright with support to be able to swallow well. Try to hold him in your lap in the beginning, and then introduce the chair for feeding.
-Your baby has increased appetite. Does your baby shows signs of hunger even after you get the required 8-10 bottles a day?
-Firmly can hold his head upright. To get the first food that is not fluid, your baby should be able to maintain the head in a stable and upright position.
-The ability to show you when is enough is developed. Does your baby turns his head left to right when he is not hungry? This is an important reflex that shows to the parents when it’s time to stop giving food to the baby and prevents overeating possible.
-Shows interest in food. When you eat, he is carefully watching and observing your movements and even reaches to take the food.
-Opens his mouth when the spoon is closer and closes when the spoon will be in his mouth. Your baby does not need to push the spoon with his tongue when you are trying to feed him. If it does, he probably is not ready for spoon feeding.
Can hold the food in his mouth without spitting. At 4-6 months of age, most babies lose reflexes and they push objects out of his mouth. This reflex protects them from suffocation in the first months of life. Once this reflex is lost, your baby may begin to eat successfully.
-Imitates chewing and he blubbers less. As the digestive system of the baby matures, it develops the capability of using tongue to carry the food back into the mouth and to swallow it. As a result, you may notice that they are significantly less slimy than usual.
-Your baby has reached a healthy weight. Most babies who have doubled their birth weight, or are heavy around 7kg, are ready for solid food. It can occur before 6 months.