During the first six months of your newborn, the only thing that they need to feed on is your breastmilk. That will provide them with all of the nutrients by their bodies in order for them to grow optimally.
However, once they reach six months above, you should start thinking about feeding them with some solid foods. Baby milk bottles that contain either breast milk or formula milk should only be treated as a complementary piece to their nutrition puzzle.
According to a Nursing Sister, Burgie of Ireland, she said that the ideal time for babies to start eating solid foods is when they reach six months old. In fact, whenever they start crawling and teething, that would be the time for you to know that they are actually read to be fed some solids, given that their bodies have matured enough to digest such foods.
Solid foods are a perfect complement to your child’s overall nutrition plan, simply because breastmilk can no longer provide the nutritional needs of their ever-growing bodies. If anything, they should only be treated as complementary pieces and nothing more.
If you are a first-time parent and you do not know when to feed and how to feed your baby some solid foods, then you’ve come to the right article. I will go over some things you need to know to start feeding your baby some solids.
The Foods to Avoid
Technically, your baby can be fed any solid foods, provided that they are filled with nutrients that their bodies need to grow optimally. However, there are some foods that you shouldn’t give to them, mainly because they’ve been known to cause allergies and unwanted side effects.
For instance, cow’s milk is highly discouraged, especially for babies that are still below one year of age. There are a lot of reasons why they shouldn’t be given cow’s milk, but some of the few is that they do not offer a lot of nutritional benefits and that they are considered to be a poor source of iron.
It is also a huge no-no to give your baby Honey as it has been linked to infant botulism. That is because honey contains spores of Clostridium Botulinum that may grow in your baby’s intestines and could even release harmful toxins as well.
When is the Best Time to Introduce Solids?
There are actually three stages of weaning, according to Allison Lang, a clinical dietitian. When your baby reaches 6-7 months, you can start introducing solid foods to them by pureeing them first. You want to feed them mainly foods that are easy to digest.
At 8-10 months, you can now add chunky foods into the mix (provided that they are small chunks). This is actually mandatory since you want to encourage your baby to chew on their food at this point in time.
Once they reach 10-12 months old, you can actually feed them what your family eats during the three main courses of the day. You may also want to feed them some formula milk or breastmilk and put it inside a sippy cup.