Baby’s First Food!

Sorry I’ve been MIA recently…I promise to start blogging more regularly again!  In addition to posts about healthy eating, nutrition tips, and easy meals I’m also going to be doing some posts about feeding babies!

This past weekend, our now 5 month old Hannah ate her first solids!

The current recommendation is to give your baby solids between 4-6 months.  Talk to your pediatrician before doing so.  Why did we decide to give Hannah her solids at 5 months?  Here were the queues that she was ready:

  • She can sit up with support
  • She does not thrust out her tongue anymore when something goes in her mouth
  • She is interested in food (she watches me eat and reaches for my plate when I have her on my lap).

What to give baby first?

  • Baby rice cereal is recommended as the baby’s first solid food.
  • Baby rice cereal is a very low allergy food.

How to Feed Baby:

  • Choose to feed your baby when he or she is happy and not starving or very full.  Usually halfway between feedings is a good time to do so.
  • Take 1 Tablespoon of baby rice cereal and mix with a few Tablespoons of breast milk or formula.
  • Use a soft spoon so you don’t harm baby’s gum.
  • Take a tiny bit of the cereal on the end of the spoon and touch to baby’s lips.
  • This is totally new to the baby and she or he might be very apprehensive at first.  Some babies eat with gusto at first, while others shy away.
  • Be very patient with the baby and continue to give him or her tiny bits more.
  • When he or she starts turning her head away and closing his or her mouth when you bring the spoon close, then consider the feeding done!
  • You can start off once or twice a day.
  • The first feedings are meant to get your baby used to the spoon and food, and getting used to eating rather than drinking.
  • Don’t be concerned if they only take a couple tiny bites.  This is a learning process!

 

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2 Responses

  1. Hannah is just the cutest! These are very good tips to know. You are such a good mom!

  2. She is so cute!

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