Infant Foods, tips Starting Your Baby on Solids

Wondering what kinds of infant foods that your baby will find enjoyable? Then look no further! This article will go over several baby foods that your infant will find enjoyable to keep you from trying to guess at which kinds your baby will like the best. To be the most honest, you should know that whatever meals that you do not have a good attitude toward will be the same meals that your baby will not enjoy eating. Your baby picks up the vibes you feel about eating, so be sure to look at each baby choice as if it is something really good for baby if you want your child to eat it.

Most babies love pureed fruits more than many other types of foods at first. The sweet taste will soon have your baby hooked and asking for more. As your baby gets older, you will notice that he can polish off up to two jars of baby food at a time, showing that his interest in eating is becoming better and better, and his tummy is getting bigger too. Be careful of feeding your baby too much pureed fruit as many of them may contain added sugars that can be bad for your baby’s teeth.

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Most infants like plain cereal, either rice or oatmeal or other whole grain types of cereals, that can be mixed with juice, applesauce or formulas to make it a soupy consistency. These soups help baby to put on more weight if necessary, and are exciting for baby’s taste buds as they never know what to expect. You can also try to make a scrambled egg and mix it into applesauce, your infant will enjoy the texture of the egg and the taste will be different compared to other things you give your baby regularly.

Your infant will basically like any kinds of foods that you would like, so be sure to try different things in moderation. Be sure to create a window of time between the introduction of each food so that you can determine whether your baby is getting an allergy to that item or not. It will be easier to tell if your infant develops an allergy if you do not quickly introduce other items, or do not introduce other foods at one time. You should have a lot of fun trying new things with your baby and finding out what his or her favorites are.

Starting Your Baby on Solids

 

Starting your baby on solids is a joyous milestone of messy and tasty fun. The introduction of solids should be slow and you should allow 3 – 4 days between the introduction of other foods for the first time into your toddler’s diet, to give yourself time to detect any possible allergies and to help you isolate what those allergies could be from. Your toddler should be ready to begin eating solids at around 6 – 7 months old, and you can begin introducing your little one to more bland foods at first, such as mashed potatoes made with either breast milk or formula, a bit soupy. You can then graduate to baby cereals such as rice or oatmeal, also using breast milk or formula at first.

Once your baby has gotten used to the consistency of mashed potatoes and baby cereal, you can begin introducing other types of foods such as purees. You can allow your toddler to taste fruit purees such as applesauce or toddler bananas, and stick to stage one purees that will be exactly the right consistency for your toddler’s new palette. After your little one has gotten used to those foods, maybe in about 2 – 3 weeks, you can begin introducing pureed veggies as well as crackers and breads. These will become mushy in your little one’s mouth when mixed with her saliva and will ensure that she will not choke.

After baby has gotten used to these for quite a while, you can begin offering another variety of foods after he turns 1 year old. At this point, baby’s digestive tract will have grown more accustomed to solid foods and the bacteria necessary to break down the food completely will have grown at a reasonable rate to digest meats and cheeses. Be sure to cut up meats like hotdogs into very small pieces so that your toddler will not choke on them, and give your toddler cheese sticks or large cheese cubes to prevent swallowing them whole.

After this point, your baby will be able to handle many other different types of foods. You can begin offering cut up apple and even small orange slices. If you feed your toddler banana as a solid food, be sure to give banana in moderation as the concentration of potassium can be much too high. Your toddler will have a lot of fun trying different types of solid foods. Let your toddler try using a spoon to feed himself and see how much more fun he has.

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