Adding Solid Foods to Baby's Diet
Introducing solid food to your baby's diet, or weaning, is recommended by the time your baby is six months old. Up until that point, your baby will be getting all the nourishment they need from Breast Milk Or Formula. From 6-12 months, a baby's dietary selections expand a great deal, from a purely liquid diet to one rich in varied fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains.
Getting Started with Solid FoodsWith the approval of your baby's health visitor, you can begin weaning your baby at about six months. The most common first food is an iron-enriched single grain rice cereal, mixed to a thin consistency with breast milk or formula. At first taste, many babies are not too fond of the cereal, but after a few tries, most will begin to enjoy it.
Choosing Purées for your BabyAfter your baby has learned to accept eating from a spoon, you can begin to introduce a broad variety of wholesome foods. Many parents choose to prepare homemade purées, but commercially prepared baby food is perfectly acceptable. In either case, begin by selecting one new food at a time and observe your baby carefully to be sure that there is no adverse reaction.
There are two basic schools of thought on adding fruits and vegetables. Some parents believe in getting your child comfortable with eating a wide assortment of vegetables before offering fruit. Mostly, this theory stems from the belief that once a baby has tested the sweetness of fruit, they may become less enthusiastic about vegetables.
Other parents do well with alternating fruits and vegetables. There is really no right and wrong - just do whichever you prefer. Most parents wait to introduce puréed meats until their baby has grown accustomed to a nice variety of fruits and veggies.