There is always so much debate over when to start feeding your baby solids and what solids to feed them. I am a firm believer that every baby is different and, as a result, should not be pegged in one time slot for starting to feed solids. Many doctors are firmly, ” four months start rice cereal”, but I disagree.
Four months is the minimum to start feeding solids. I understand that, as a parent, you are excited and cannot wait for this milestone. I was the same way. I urge you to wait and check for signs that your child is ready, and even when your child is showing signs, wait a little longer still! A baby’s digestive tract is still developing and you want to make sure they are ready to eat. Many parents begin solids at four months because their baby’s sleep patterns begin to change, they wake up more, and appear to be getting hungry. This is very common and is a growth spurt . Do not confuse growth spurts with the need to introduce or increase solids.
1. Your baby is not only watching you eat, but is smacking his lips in anticipation!
2. Your baby is sitting without assistance.
3. Your baby has control over his neck.
4. Your baby will push the bottle or breast away when he is full.
5. Your baby has lost his tongue thrust reflex. He no longer is thrusting his tongue out when he is hungry.
6. Your baby’s birth weight has doubled.
Recently, I introduced solids to my youngest, who was beyond thrilled. He ate every bit I fed him and made sure to not even get any on his bib! The first food he was introduced to was avocado. I also made my own squash and pears and froze them.
Why I Love Avocado As A First Food
Avocado has everything that a person needs to survive. It is a “good fat” that is wonderful for your baby’s brain development. It contains Vitamin A, Potassium, Fiber, Iron, and Calcium. Plus, you do not have to cook it. Mash it up and add water/formula/breast milk to get it to the correct consistency. I cannot think of a more perfect food to start with.
Pears And Winter Squash: A Great Stage 1 Food
Pears contain Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber. They are great for babies who tend to be constipated or have reflux (because pears are very gentle on the stomach).
Acorn squash is high in Vitamin A, Folate, and Potassium. It is smooth and yummy. Because it is a hard-rind food it is not on the list of foods high in pesticides. Babies love it!
You may have noticed that I did not mention rice cereal as a first food. I will not be feeding my son rice cereal because it contains arsenic, causes constipation, and has little nutritional value. Here are a few links with information regarding rice cereal:
Store Bought Baby Food Vs. Homemade Baby Food
This is just a personal preference. I dislike the taste of store-bought baby food. It seems so sweet to me. I prefer to make my own, but sometimes making your own is impossible (we all have busy lives), so do not feel bad!
Here are some pictures of my baby making food adventures.
If you would like to read more about making your own baby food check this site out:
Lucas loved it and I was happy knowing that it was healthy!
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- Baby First Foods | Introducing Solids (plumorganics.com)
- Goya, Beech-Nut Launch Baby Food With Hispanic Flavors (hispanicbusiness.com)
- feeding the munchkin (boringbabyblog.wordpress.com)