It is the time soon.
A time that i cant wait much longer LOL.
A time my little one desires for quite some time…
My little J3 is coming 6th month old soon, and it is time for solid! YAY! Seems like I am more excited than anyone else. I always love feeding baby and making those baby’s food. It really allows my creative juice to flow every time. It is so exciting.
Okay, why only wait till 6th month to start solid and not much earlier despite the recommended age is the 4th month for some pediatrician? Basically, baby doesn’t need other food for these 6 months, and breast milk or formula milk is all that he needed. Moreover starting earlier might cause the child to develop allergy when his gut and some other organs might not be ready. So if your child is suffering from eczema or your family has a history of eczema or asthma, kindly start his solid after 6th month.
Anyhow before we start things proper, we must watch out for the cues if J3 is ready for it.
- he must be able to sit with support and be able to raise his head up steadily without wobbling
- his tongue thrust reflex must have disappeared. The reflex is actually meant to prevent them from choking, so if they are ready for solid, the tongue wont push out the food.
- he might seem hungry even after his usual milk feed and demands feeds more often.
- he might show interest in what you are eating. My little J3 always tried to grab my cup or spoon whenever he sees me drinking or eating.
Okay, now baby is ready if he fulfilled the above mentioned. Let’s embark with our baby into this journey of satisfying their taste buds.
Starting solid is also called complementary feeding – the process of switching from milk only diet to a mixed one. Milk should still be the major part of his diet throughout his first year despite all the solid food he is given.
For the initial feeding, I recommend we start with plain iron fortified rice cereal or porridge which is cooked to a totally broken down consistency. Texture should be smooth and runny to help the baby into the process of learning to eat. I don’t recommend to start with fruits or anything sweet basically to avoid the baby only willing to eat the sweet stuff and reject the plain ones. Rice cereal is a good first food to introduce as it is the least likely to cause any allergy and iron fortified ones will help meets the baby’s need for iron at this stage.
This is the order for cereal that i will follow : first the plain rice cereal, then follow by brown rice , then oat or buckwheat followed by barley and lastly the multi grain. For every new food you introduce, feed the same food consecutively for 3 days to observe any allergy that might occur.
After the initial cereal feeding, we can increase the consistency and also introduce vegetable or fruit puree. Vegetables should be cooked before you puree it and fruits such as apple and pear should be steamed.
Do take note not to add salt, sugar nor spice into baby’s food. This can help to encourage baby to appreciate natural flavours.
With this, i bring you to my next blog on baby’ first food