Giving your baby his or her first food is one of the most nerve-racking moments for first-time parents. When’s the right time? What solid food is allowed and what food is healthy for my baby? These are the types of questions that will run through our mind. Not to mention the recipe. Thankfully, there are now a lot of ways to make baby food around the internet. Read on to know more about feeding your baby plus a few tips.
When is the baby allowed to take solid food?
Babies 4 to 6 months old are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
4 to 6 months old: Puree them all!
A good steamer and blender are all you need. It doesn’t take a master chef to feed a baby. We suggest a simple single ingredient puree. You may ask, “why to use a single ingredient?”. Single-ingredient purees are the way to go simply because this will help you identify if your baby has food allergies or sensitivity to certain types of food. If you mix ingredients early on, it would be difficult to tell which ingredient caused the allergy. Make sure to check your baby’s tolerance to food if you are going to combine ingredients.
- You can only cook one vegetable at a time. This will ensure even cooking and a smooth puree, plus it makes the preparation super easy and quick.
- You can use mild seasoning like cinnamon, basil, garlic powder, ginger and many more. This makes the food’s taste even better.
- Always have a bib or towel ready when feeding your baby. Expect a messy table.
7 to 9 months old: Unleash your inner chef
Babies around this age can enjoy various types of purees and mashes. You can now try a more complex combination puree. This is the time to experiment with new flavors and textures. Like we’ve mentioned, there are a lot of recipes floating around the internet that you can follow. On this stage, you can also start training them to hold the spoon and fork properly. In the next few months, they’ll be able to feed themselves and can join in the family meals.
Babies usually reject their first pureed food. Don’t be angry and don’t even try to force-feed them. This is because the taste and texture are new to them. If they refuse, it’s fine, you can try another day or another recipe. If this habit persists, go to your baby’s doctor just to make sure that the resistance is not a sign of a problem.
Being a new parent will require a huge amount of patience and understanding especially because your baby will not like each and every food you will prepare, that’s guaranteed. But whenever you feel tired, just look at your baby’s sloppy tray, gooey hands and sticky face! That’ll crack you up. It’ll be great to capture moments like this too, so when they’re older you can show pictures and videos of them wiping their face with puree!