Getting ready to introduce your baby to solid foods can be very exciting and a bit overwhelming at the same time. I was looking forward to giving my daughter solid foods for the first time and getting to see her reactions. It was also a bit overwhelming because I wasn’t sure when it was appropriate to introduce her to these foods. I also wasn’t sure what types of foods were appropriate to introduce to her. And the question I struggled with the most, how much food do I give her?
My daughter’s pediatrician was very helpful when it came to solid foods. The best advice she gave us was to just feed the baby the same things we ate. She also advised me to introduce one food at a time and to feed her that same food for three consecutive days. Like this, if she had any allergic reactions we would be able to tell which food caused it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is a great source as well. They have many articles you can read to get informed on everything you need to know bout feeding your baby. Click on the link below for more information on when and how to introduce solid foods to your baby. This link takes you directly to the American Academy of Pediatrics site:
With the information that I gathered from my daughter’s pediatrician, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and overall information and knowledge I’ve gathered from multiple books and online research, I have put together this guide for new moms out there getting ready to introduce solids to their babies. Even if you are a veteran mom you can find this guide helpful. You may not be a new mom but maybe this is your first time making homemade baby food. Things also change in the world of parenting and babies so what may have been or not been ok with your previous kids maybe be now.
As your baby tries most of these fruits and vegetables you can start mixing them and making new recipes for them. I loved making purees with different fruits and adding them to Emma’s baby cereal, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast. Make sure you are tracking any allergic reaction your baby may have to any of these foods and contact your doctor immediately. Also, if your baby doesn’t show interest or doesn’t seem to like a specific fruit or vegetable, move on to a new one and try it again in a few days or weeks. I came across this with Emma with blueberries and kiwis. Now she loves both of them.
Remember to have fun with this process. It’s another milestone for your baby and enjoy every moment. Make sure to take lots of pictures and videos to keep for ever. I made a video pretty much every time I gave Emma a new food. Her reactions were priceless! I can’t wait to show them to her when she’s older.