Understand Your Baby When First Introducing Solid Foods

Understand Your Baby When First Introducing Solid Foods

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Six months of exclusive breastfeeding prepares babies to meet all the milestones by themselves and also prepares them for the need for new foods.

New food introduction is another source of nutrients for a baby, which also means that the baby’s digestive tract is now ready to process new foods other than mother’s milk or formula.

Cues the baby gives: 

  • Baby starts to stare at the food that we generally chew.
  • They will reach out to food when they see it.
  • Their mouth will become watery when they get the smell of food.
The above may be seen as milestones that are seen visibly when they are ready for new food.
Points to keep in mind:
 

Understanding the baby’s needs while being introduced to solids is most important. The tips and tricks below worked for me and I am sharing them based on my experiences.

  • Strictly no solids before 6 months.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to feed the baby with solids, start with one solid per day and increase it week by week.
  • I started with kanji in week 1 for one time. In week 2 I went with giving it to the baby twice, in week 3 I added a fruit, in week 4 I added a veggie and dal. So, before the completion of that month, my kid used to have food 4 times a day.
  • The quantity that you feed the baby must not be more than 2 to 3 spoons.
  • Try 1 food or veggie continuously for 2 to 3 days so that the baby gets used to the taste, and then change the food or veggie.
  • The food that you give in the start should be well mashed, and a month later or so you can start giving them a little more coarse food.
  • Make sure that they face you when they eat. Show them actions like chewing so that they will engage in the same when they start eating on their own.
  • Most importantly, keep in mind to breastfeed the baby 40 minutes before the solids that you give.
On the onset of solid food intake, there may be changes in their stool and pee consistency/frequency, as their digestive tract is getting adjusted to the new food.
As long as they are active and meet the milestones, nothing is to worry about. But I was also worried about his behaviour when he started with solids. So I would say, continue to monitor your child’s activities, and if you feel something is wrong because of your child’s food intake, please reach out to your paediatrician.
It’s a learning experience for both the child and first time mommy. So let’s try to cope up the best we can.
All the best, mummas!

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