3 Tips for Starting Your Baby on Baby Food
The development of a baby month after month is one
of the most exciting parts of watching your baby grow. By about six months old, your baby should be ready to take on one of the biggest milestones in babies’ lives – eating solid baby food. Of course, for us, eating solid food is a no brainer, but for babies that are just starting to learn about the different food options available, it can be confusing. If you’re starting your baby out on baby food, be sure to take note of these three tips to help you teach them right.
1. Take Note of Head and Neck Control – When you first brought your baby home from the hospital, he was likely unable to control his head and neck at all, requiring a lot of support whenever you carried him. But at 2 months old, your baby should be able to demonstrate some neck and head control, although still quite wobbly and unstable. Because solid food is harder to manage and swallow, it’s important that your baby has head and neck control that indicates that the internal structures required for eating and swallowing are good enough for solid food. Babies develop head and neck control at the age of 6 months, however that’s not always the case. Be sure to consult your paediatrician before you give your baby solid food.
2. Control Portions – Parents think that they should be in charge of determining the pace of feeding, but that’s not how it should be. It should be your baby telling you when you should give another bite and when you should stop. At first, your baby won’t eat much more than a teaspoon of food or two, and that’s more than enough to make them feel full. Learn to enjoy the experience and take cues from your little one. If they turn their head away and refuse to take a bite, then that means they’re full up and satisfied.
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3. Wait Two to Three Days Between Meals – If you introduced new food to your baby today, wait at least two days before you give another kind of solid food. During this observation period, give nothing other than their baby milk formula or breast milk. This is because babies can have allergies at an early age, and leaving some time between meals will allow you to pinpoint which of the foods they consumed is the one causing the allergic reaction. Avoid self medicating your baby and seek the expertise of a doctor in case of an allergic reaction.Why not learn more about Products?