A: All babies are not created equal
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfed babies start solids around 6 months of age, but remember this is simply a recommendation. You have to follow your baby’s cues to see if he is ready. Some of the more common cues are head control, an increased interest in your foods, and opening his mouth when a spoon approaches.
B: Baby Cereal is not always first
Again AAP recommends starting a single-grain baby cereal first, but some babies really dislike the taste. Although it doesn’t matter which food you start first, it is always a good idea to start with soft, easy-to-swallow foods. It is also recommended to start with veggies over fruits because babies tend to be more allergic to citric foods.
C: Count 3 days before starting a new food
Introduce a new food every 3 days. Continue to watch for allergic reactions which may include a rash, diarrhea or vomiting. If any of these things do occur, stop the food and call your child’s doctor or 911 if the allergic reaction is severe.
Starting solids is a big step for both you and your baby. It is an awesome milestone in his development. I strongly recommend discussing your plan to start solids with your child’s health care provider. I also encourage you to purchase a baby’s first foods book to get a sense of what combinations work best together and what foods you should avoid.
If you have any questions, Nurse Nikki is always available to help. Erin Pelias, the owner of ZukaBaby, is an expert on preparing homemade baby food. She is a great resource for making delicacies your baby will enjoy.
Be healthy. Be safe.