How to introduce solid food to Infant?

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How to introduce solid food to Infant?

How to introduce solid food to Infant?

New mothers should start offering solid or rather semi-solid foods to infants at about 6 months of age. As you read in the first article in infant food series on “When to start solid feed for your baby?”, this is the right time to prepare your baby for their first tastes. Until now, they were only dependent on your feed for all nutrition, now their development demands more nutrition which can be sufficed by other food items.

After insuring that your baby is ready to take solid food, pick a time of day when your baby is not tired or irritated. Let baby to be a little hungry, but of course not all-out starving.

You have to follow some small but important things:

  • You might want to let your baby breastfeed a while or provide a part of the usual bottle.
  • Make your baby sit supported in your lap or make him on an upright infant seat. Infants who are able to sit well (around 6 months) can be placed in a high chair with some safety strap.
  • Babies’ first food should be a little iron-fortified infant single-grain cereal mixed with mother’s milk or formula.
  • First place spoon near your baby’s lips so that baby can smell and taste. Usually baby rejects first spoonful. Wait a while and try again. Mostly food offered at this age will end up on baby’s chin or bib or high-chair tray.
  • Never add cereals to baby’s bottle unless your doctor recommends you to do so, as this can cause obesity to the babies and moreover doesn’t help baby learn how to eat solid foods.
  • Begin with a smooth consistency and progress to thicker and lumpier textures as soon as your baby is eating a range of smooth foods.
  • Go slow while introducing food, order in which foods are introduced doesn’t really matter. Commence with one food at a time and wait few days before trying something else. This will also help you to identify foods that are allergic to your baby.

Your baby may take few days to learn how to eat solids. During these months provide him the usual feedings of breast milk or formula. And don’t be troubled if your baby refuses certain foods at first or doesn’t seem interested.

Do you have questions regarding your infant’s growth and health? Ask anonymously to verified doctors at MediMetry.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. User
    October 7, 2015 at 12:29 PM
    My baby is 2 months 15 days old. I feed lactogen 1 so I wanted to feed food early so can I start feeding food by starting 5 month. Is it okay?
    • October 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM
      Hello Dear,

      Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.
      You should not start offering food to babies before 6 months of age. They should be strictly fed breastfeed, if any complications then formula feed. This is important for proper growth of baby. Post 6 months, the nutritional requirements of baby increase so external food is required.
      Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
      Stay connected to MediMetry for regular tips for new moms and preparing yourself for managing a new born!