When the time has come for your baby to eat solid foods, it may get a little confusing. What do you feed them? How soon is too soon? Can they eat this and that? Fret not, Moms & Dads! Chill out, have fun, and keep these dos and don’ts in mind as you begin introducing solids to your little foodie!
#1 Visit your pediatrician before starting
Nobody knows your baby better than you and your pediatrician. Therefore it’s highly recommended that you get your baby’s doctor approval before you start giving them solids. Usually when your baby is four months or older, can sit up without support, and has good control over their neck, your pediatrician will confirm that your baby is ready to take on their food journey!
#2 Don’t add salt
This is one of the most important things to remember! Do not add salt to the foods you give to your baby because their kidneys can’t cope with it yet. Also avoid giving your baby ready-made foods that are not baby-friendly or not made for babies such as breakfast cereals because they can also high salt content.
#3 Follow the three-day rule
Only feed your baby one kind of food for three days before switching to a new one. This will give their digestive system a chance to adapt to solids. Also watch for an allergic reaction, such as hives.
#4 Don’t cut breast milk or formula off
Breast milk and/or formula should still be the main sources of your little foodie’s nutrients and calories. After a year, you may begin to cut back on breast milk or formula and replace it with 16-20 ounces of whole milk per day.
#5 Don’t reuse leftovers
After putting a hard work in the kitchen, it feels such a waste to throw away the leftover but know that your baby deserves the freshest and the best! Bacteria may have ended up in the leftovers that could cause tummy ache or at the very least, a very stinky diaper 😆
As you continue to introduce solids to your little tot, remember to enjoy yourself in the kitchen by experimenting with different combo! And have fun with your baby celebrating this new milestone! ♥