A Guide to Starting Solids for Your Baby

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Are you ready to take the leap into introducing solid foods to your baby? The transition from exclusively breastfeeding or formula feeding to incorporating solids can be an exciting journey for both you and your little one. In this blog, we will explore the appropriate age to start solids, signs that indicate your baby is ready, the best foods to introduce for baby led weaning (BLW), and some helpful utensils to use during this milestone.


When to Start Solids?

 

The recommended age to start introducing solid foods to your baby is around six months. At this age, most babies are developmentally ready to handle different textures and flavors. However, it is crucial to look for certain signs to ensure your baby is ready for solids
  • Your baby can sit up with minimal support.
  • They have good head control.
  • They show interest in the food you are eating.
  • They have doubled their birth weight and are growing well.
  • They have lost the tongue-thrust reflex, which pushes food out of their mouth.


Which Foods to Introduce?

 

During infant led feeding, it is essential to begin with single-ingredient, simple foods to monitor for any allergies or intolerances. Some great blw first foods to introduce include mashed avocado, pureed sweet potatoes, applesauce, or iron-fortified baby cereals. As your baby gets used to these new flavors and textures, you can gradually introduce a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins.


How to Introduce New Foods?

 

To introduce new foods to your baby, offer small amounts at a time and observe their reaction. Let your baby explore the food with their hands or with the help of infant fruit feeder to encourage self-feeding. Be patient and allow your baby to set the pace, as they might need time to adjust to the new experience.

Recommended Utensils for Starting Solids

 

  • Baby fruit feeders: These mesh feeders allow your baby to safely explore and taste whole foods without the risk of choking.
  • Soft-tip spoons: Gentle, soft-tipped spoons are perfect for scooping and feeding your baby their first bites of purees.
  • Straw cups: Introducing water in a straw cup alongside solid foods can help your baby develop their drinking skills.

As you embark on this exciting new chapter of feeding your baby solids, remember to enjoy the process and celebrate each milestone along the way. Happy feeding!