The first time you feed your baby solid food can be a little daunting, but it doesn't need to be! There are a lot of different ways to introduce solid foods to your baby, so we'll walk you through the most common methods and discuss how they work. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! We've got some advice for you on how to decide when to start solids and what foods are best for your baby.
Start with purees.
Start with purees to make the transition to solid foods easier. You can start by making your own, or buy baby food in jars. Babies can also eat mashed up soft fruits and vegetables, like bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes. You can also give them a little bit of yogurt or oatmeal mixed with breast milk or formula.
Gradually add texture.
Babies can't swallow solid foods until they're about six months old. One way to get around this is by gradually adding texture. Start with pureed food and then add small chunks of food. This will help your baby learn how to chew and swallow food.
Introduce one new food at a time.
Introducing new foods to your baby is a great way to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need. Start by introducing one new food at a time. If your baby has no reaction, you can introduce another new food in a week or so. If your baby has an allergic reaction, stop there and try again with a different food.
Start with what you eat, not what they eat.
"What you eat is what they eat" is a good rule of thumb for introducing solid foods to your baby. You can start with what you eat, and then slowly introduce new things. It's best to start with one food at a time and wait a few days before adding another. Introduce one new food every three days and watch for any signs of allergies.