Signs that your baby is ready for solid foods:
Around 6 months of age
Sitting up unassisted with good head and neck control
Able to let you know he is full
Tongue-thrust reflex is gone
What to start with:
Fruits and vegetables are an excellent first choice for the average healthy, full-term baby. They are easy to digest, naturally sweet, contain many important vitamins and minerals, and a great way to raise non-fussy, non-picky eaters. Example: butternut squash, pear, sweet potato, apple, banana, avocado
7 months – combine fruit and vegetables
8 months – add more protein-rich foods
9 months – grains and legumes (consider soaking overnight to make them more digestible)
Tips for Getting Started
Baby should not be too hungry or too full. Lunch is a great starting time, about half an hour after nursing.
Offer food in relaxed environment and without any distractions.
Respect your child’s appetite. Feed them as much as they will eat, and avoid coaxing them to eat more when they’re showing signs that they are full.
Purees should initially be very smooth, and then gradually thicker and chunkier to prepare your baby for solid foods.
Foods should be prepared without added salt or sugar. Herbs and spices can be added after fruits and vegetables have been introduced.
Introduce one new food every 3-4 days.
If you notice a food reaction: Stop food, return to normal, offer at a later date.
Food Reactions to Look Out For:
Hives, skin rash, eczema
Mucus in stool
Cough, wheeze, congestion
Dark circles under eyes
Increased spitting up
Do what feels natural and important to you. There are very few hard and fast rules. Ultimately, it is your decision.
Excellent resources for recipes and additional information:
The Wholesome Baby Food Guide by Maggie Meade
Wholefood for Children by Judy Blereau
Sprout Right: Nutrition from Tummy to Toddler by Lianne Phillipson-Webb.
Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracy Murkett
Andrea Gri is a Naturopathic doctor working at Springdale Complete Medical Centre in Brampton and has a passion for promoting health, wellness, and integrated medicine. She believes that the choices we make for our children today can have a lasting impact and set the foundation for a lifetime of good health. Her goal is to empower others to make positive lifestyle choices in order to live well and achieve their best state of health.
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