As a mom, i know its very exciting when you start solids for your darling baby. At the same time you should be worried with N number of questions like when to start, how to introduce solids, how much you should offer and many more as it’s a important step in your baby’s life and it is going to help developing healthy eating habits in rest of his/her life. Worry not! This post helps you to clarify all your doubts. If you have any specific query regarding weaning, I shall try to answer the same. I would like to hear from you too, update your baby weaning experience in comments.
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- You know precisely what your baby is eating.
- You can plan your baby’s meal with adequate nutrition.
- You can make your own combinations based on your baby’s needs and likings.
- You can protect your baby from artificial ingredients and preservatives.
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- Start with vegetable or fruit purees. Apple, banana, pear, avocado, pumpkin & sweet potato are great first foods to start with.
- Prepare small amount of baby food and give as a runny puree when you begin. Use cooled boiled water to make your baby food. Adjust the consistency by adding breastmilk or formula.
- Test the temperature of the food by pouring a little amount in your wrist before you feed your baby.
- Make the baby sit comfortably in your lap or bouncy chair. Be sure that baby is upright enough to swallow well.
- Offer pureed solids to your baby after breastfeeding or formula feeding. Begin with one or two teaspoons. Always prefer soft tipped spoon to feed baby food rather than using a bottle. As the baby may know the difference between solids and milk.
- Stop feeding the baby when he is full. Turns the head away from food, playing with food, refuses to eat, leans back are the signs that baby had enough and his tummy is full. Never force the baby to eat. If your baby doesn’t like a particular food, try again in a week.
- Start with one meal a day. Gradually you can add another meal by next month. Once the baby started eating solids, thicken the food consistency by adding less liquid. Also increase the quantity.
- Introduce new foods in the morning or late afternoon. Never introduce more than one food at a time when introducing solids to your baby. Follow 3 days wait rule. Check for allergy symptoms when you introducing a new food to your baby and stop feeding your baby if you find any symptoms.
- Always serve the baby with fresh food to prevent the loss of nutrients. Consume with in 1 hour after preparation. Discard the left overs before it gets contaminated.
- Baby may not eat much in the beginning, but it’s important to offer solids to get used to the experience of eating.
- It’s normal to notice a change in stools, as soon as you started solids to your baby. If your baby is constipated after the introduction of solids, stop offering apples & bananas. Switch to other fruits and vegetables.
- To get the baby to used to the texture and taste, offer variety of foods. The transition should go smooth from purees to mashed,finger foods and family foods.
- Remember each baby is different, will not like all foods and textures. Patience is a key, offer your baby different foods with different textures.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
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