A New Parent’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby

feeding your babyIntroduce solids at the right time.

You can begin feeding your baby solid foods when he is about 6 months old. Start with one new food at a time, such as an iron-fortified single-grain cereal made for infants mixed with some breast milk. Feed it to him with a spoon; getting it from a bottle could cause your little one to choke. After trying a new food, wait three days before introducing anything else new so that you can watch for allergic reactions, such as diarrhea, rash or vomiting.

Over time try to get your child used to a wide variety of foods. Some experts suggest introducing vegetables before fruits so that your child learns to enjoy the less sweet taste of vegetables before discovering the naturally more pleasing flavor of fruit. Avoid heavily spiced foods, honey and sugary juices, treats and desserts. Once your baby has begun eating a variety of foods, can sit up unassisted and is able to bring objects to his mouth, you can offer him soft finger foods, such as small pieces of banana or cooked potato, wafer-style crackers, scrambled eggs, or well-cooked pasta, so that he can learn to feed himself.

Remember, always check the temperature of cooked food before setting it in front of your baby to make sure it is cool enough that it will not burn his mouth. Continue to carefully monitor your child’s eating and avoid foods that could pose a choking hazard, such as nuts, hard vegetables, whole grapes or cherry tomatoes, until he is at least 4 years old.

See more: Your Guide to Introducing Solid Food