At some point, your baby will not anymore rely on baby milk bottles to feed solely on milk but they will need to eat some solid foods as their body grows. You see, as your baby grows older, the more nutrients their body needs to grow optimally.
That being said, you can start feeding solid foods to your baby as early as 4 months, but you have to observe them while you’re feeding them.
When you see that your baby doesn’t like the food and they spit it out or cry when you feed them some solids, then they are still not ready to eat them.
Fortunately, when they are older than 6 months, you can bet that they will slowly start to love solid foods.
When Do You Start Feeding Them Some Baby Food?
According to Dr. Tracey Agnese, a Pediatrician, it is ideal to start feeding your baby some solid foods when they are able to support their bodies and their heads without your help. This typically happens in the 4-6th-month mark.
The best time to food them would be when they are fully awake and active and ideally, you want to feed them when they are not too hungry or too full. Take into account that feeding them with milk can make them full.
Best First Foods
Dr. Agnese says that you can start feeding your baby with some infant cereals. These are great since they do not have any flavor and contains a lot of nutrients including a nice amount of iron to help your babies grow stronger.
Also, feeding your baby the foods that they actually want to eat will require some trial and error. Dr. Agnese says that you should start feeding them only one vegetable or fruit for 3-5 days just so that you can gauge if they really like the food or not. This is also an ideal time to spot any allergic reactions as well.
You can start feeding them some baby food staples such as butternut squash, avocadoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, just to name a few.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that you puree some meat as well since it can be a great source of iron.
Now, what are the foods that you should not feed your baby? Well, any food that is not pureed can be a choking hazard so you want to make sure that you puree them first.
Next, you do not want to feed your baby some honey as it may lead to infant botulism. You also do not want to feed your baby some foods that are either salty or sweet because they might like the taste of it and would no longer eat those bland foods anymore. You also want to stay away from unmodified cow’s milk as well.
When Buying the Food
Dr. Agnese recommends that if you buy baby food in the grocery store, make sure that you read the labels. Do not buy foods that contain sugar, salt, or corn syrup. If you are confronted with a choice of choosing either food that are made with oats or those that are made of rice, choose the one with the oats. And most important of all, choose one that is BPA-free.