Baby’s First Solid Foods – When and What to start feeding your baby

Babies first spoon

Giving your baby, the very first spoon of baby food is exciting. It is a big leap in your babies life and development. All babies act differently when they try baby food for the very first time. Some make really funny faces, while others can’t stop asking for more.

Everyone probably have heard stories from our parents, how we tried our first spoons of food.

How was your first time trying baby food?

When To Start Feeding Solids

Pediatrics recommend starting baby food after your baby turned 6 months, your breast milk is more than enough to feed your baby and give all the nutrition needed. Exclusively breast feeding helps your baby develop a strong immune system.

Most babies are ready for their first spoon of solid food, between 4 and 6 months after birth. After their 4th month, the digestive system is ready for baby food. Also, between this age babies stop pushing food out with their tongues, learning to swallow food instead.

The ready to eat signs

You can look for these signs in your baby, that will tell you that your baby is ready to eat solids

  • Your baby can hold the head upright on it is own
  • Your baby can sit with your support
  • Your baby starts putting toys into the mouth
  • Your baby is showing interest in your food ( asking for your food)
  • Your baby opening her/his mouth when you offer food

You noticed this signs in your baby? Great, then you can try feeding your baby it’s first spoon of baby food.

What’s Best To Start With First

When your ready to start feeding your baby, lets talk about what’s best to start from. You don’t want to over whelm your baby with all the different taste, start simple.

Start From Stage One Baby Food

  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut Squash
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potato
  • Green Beans
  • Avocado
  • Pear
  • Baby Cereal (oatmeal, rice, barley)

Wait couple days ( 3 days) after introducing new food, to make sure your baby doesn’t have allergy on certain food. This way its easier to detect the allergen.

How Much To Give Baby Food

At 4 – 6 months your baby is still fully relying on your breast milk. Try giving your baby just couple spoons of baby food, most of it will still end up being on your babies chin.

Baby food: Not more then half a bottle for the first time foods

Baby cereal: Two or three spoons of cereal and breast milk (warm) mix it all together it should be more liquid then solid. No, more then 2 ounces of cereal for 24 hours

If your baby was fully breastfed your best choice for babies first food is cereal, because it contains more iron and zinc needed by your babies body.

What To Expect From First Time Feedings

During your first time feeding your baby won’t eat all the food. Just get ready for it to be messy and let it go, enjoy the moment and think about the cleaning later.

Refuses eating

If your baby refuses eating, don’t force food. Just stop and give it another week. The babies refusal to eat, can mean that he/she is not ready yet for solid foods. You can also try baby led weaning, if your baby doesn’t want to take the spoon.

To make it easier

  • If your baby sits on her/his own, then use a high chair.
  • Let your baby explore the food.
  • Give your baby his/her own spoon.
  • Don’t push on the baby if refused to try new food, just offer it at a different time.
  • Stop when your baby doesn’t want to eat anymore (crying, turning away).
  • Don’t over feed your baby.

By following this easy steps you’re feeding time, will be more fun, relaxing, and definitely developing.

Self feeding

What To Offer At What Age

Allergies is hard to know about beforehand with a baby. Its better to offer the most common allergens early in babies life, it might decrease the potential allergen later in life. Always give your baby a small amount of most common allergen foods, and slowly increase the amount given.

Cheese, peanut butter, eggs – best offered between 6 – 9 months

Cow milk – After 1 year

Juice – After 1 year

Vegetables and fruits – start offering when your baby can sit on her/his own (chop in small peaces)

Chopped finger foods– start offering after 8 months

Signs Of Allergic Reaction

Baby can develop an allergic reaction right away or within hours. Most common baby reactions are mild, but if your baby is showing signs of wheezing, difficulty breathing, or facial swelling it is a life threatening emergency call 911 rights away. If you want to read more about signs of allergy reactions on food.

Our First Time Eating

When Angel was 4 months I tried giving him infant cereal, he didn’t make a weird faces or show any signs of not wanting to eat. He actually was jumping from happiness that he was finally given baby food. I gave him cereal for a whole month before I started introducing other baby food.

I would give him one type of baby food for 3 to 4 days to make sure he is not allergic to a certain food. For my luck he wasn’t allergic to anything.

With every month, Angel would ask for more and more at around 6 months he would ask for my food from my plate. At around 7 or 8 months I offered him food from my plate, I smash it for him in a blender to avoid chocking.

At 9 months he can easily eat most fruits and vegetables on his own without chocking. Eating is his favor part of the day.

Your Baby Knows

Your baby is going to show you and tell you when they are ready. Don’t forget that your little ones main food is still your breast milk. A whole day of eating nutrition won’t compensate even one meal of your breast milk.

How did your first feeding go? Was this helpful? Let me know in the comments

6 Replies to “Baby’s First Solid Foods – When and What to start feeding your baby”

  1. This article is great. There is so much misconception out there about what to feed your baby or when. I have three children and 9 grandchild and if I had a nickle for every piece of advice I got on this subject, I’d be rich!!! It was almost always some old school wives tail..”my mother did this” or “my grandmother did that”.

    I can tell you (from experience) that what you’re saying is the best way…slow and cautious.

    One thing I’d like to add if I may: It’s possible to make your own baby food using what ever you’re eating(after it’s cooked but before it’s seasoned) and put it in the blender with a tiny bit of water (depending on the food). As your child progresses, you can simply mash it with a fork. I don’t think it matters either way nutritionally, but I, for one, felt better knowing exactly what is in the food my child is eating!

    1. Cynthia I feel you fully, I got so much advice on how to feed him. I tried their ways and failed, he started showing since of allergy, I had to stop all the baby food and begin from fresh. In the end the problem was a mixture of everything and his body was not ready for it. Of course, I am happy to hear some advice, that will make my life easier and other moms that need it as well.

  2. This is fabulous post, I love the detailing, this really helps – I had a quick question: I have heard that babies eating fruits before vegetables can cause a lifelong preference for sweet foods ? Is this true

    1. I’m glad I can help. The sweet preference is more of a genetic, baby’s prefer fruits instead of vegetables because they are born with a natural dislike from the bitter taste of vegetables. If you want a baby to eat more vegetables mix them up with fruits, this could help them eat more vegetables over time.

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