Introducing Solid Foods To Infants – What and when to give

Baby eating cake

Your baby can already crawl, and babble, has tried baby food, brushing teeth. You might think that, what else could happen before walking right? Table foods, before your baby starts walking it’s great to introduce them to table foods. The perfect age to start table foods is around 8 and 9 months.

What Is Table Foods?

Introducing your baby to solid foods in other words the food that you and your family eat. Your little one will be more than happy to eat the food you are eating.

Table foods is not pureed food, like infants eat. Your baby is old enough to try the tasty food, but don’t go all rushing into giving him everything. There is still some foods to avoid and some need a little chopping to do.

By this age you should know what your baby is allergic to, keep those foods in mind as well when you’re giving him something off the table.

What Foods To Give First

Your baby is old enough for table foods, but not all table foods will be the best for his first try. These are the foods you would want to try first and keep in mind one thing at a time.

You need to always keep an eye on them allergies.

    • Puffs or/and dry cereal
    • Bread
    • Cooked eggs
    • Soft fruits
    • Avocado
    • Pasta
    • Cheese
    • Tofu
    • Broccoli
    • Beans
    • Meats and Fish
    • Homemade Muffins

    Any soft foods would be a great start, I named the most commonly given first foods. You know any other soft foods that can be great for a first try?

    Baby having watermelon

    What Foods To Avoid

    Your baby is old enough to have table foods, but there are still foods that you want to avoid giving your baby until they reach a one-year mark.

    • Honey – no matter the form or way, never give an infant honey. Honey can produce botulinum pores.
    • Cows milk – even tho doctors can recommended giving your 9 month old baby cow milk to minimize the risk of milk becoming an allergen. Your baby still can’t fully digest milk.
    • Egg white – it is usually not given to infants because of a high risk of allergic reaction. If your baby has allergies on egg whites it’s most likely will be outgrown by age 5.
    • Citrus – citrus fruits are very high in Vitamins C and acids, which can cause your baby to have upset tummy, acid re flux.
    • Seafood – is a big allergen in babies, if to be correct shellfish. Before giving your baby any type of fish contact your pediatrician.
    • Wheat – is also an allergen, make sure with your pediatrician before giving your baby.
    • Large chunks – always make sure your baby is having a small piece of food.
    • Soft foods – jellies, marshmallow and other foods of such, should not be given to a baby, because of high risk of choking.
    • Small and hard – avoid giving your baby raisins, popcorn, nuts and everything that is not soft and fully cooked true.
    • Peanut butter – if you know that your baby is not allergic to it and your medical history doesn’t have any high risk of peanut butter being an allergen, give your baby creamy peanut butter. Best to consult your pediatrician before giving it to your baby.

    How To Give Table Foods?

    When you are introducing your baby table foods, it’s best to give your baby a chance to be able to self feed.

    When your baby is in his high chair put some food on his table, to encourage self-feeding. Be ready for it to be messy, and just relax take a deep breath.

    Always give your baby food in small portions and sizes.

    1. Don’t rush to change the taste of the food your baby is having, change the hardness.
    2. Keep your baby at the table next to everyone, so you can set an example of how to eat table foods.
    3. Fresh is always the best.
    4. Always introduce the new food first, and than what your baby loves to eat.
    5. Your baby can deny the food you give, it is totally normal. Just give your baby couple more days and try again.

    Baby in a high chair

    What not to do while introducing table foods

    There is some no’s during introductions that you need to know about.

    • Don’t give too much food – too much food can upset your babies stomach.
    • Never leave a baby alone – choking can always happen.
    • Refuses, coughs, or gags – your baby is showing you that he/she is not ready.
    • Always contact your pediatrician before giving any allergen foods.

    How To Help A Choking Child

    While your baby is learning to eat table foods, you will have a lot of choking situation. Never panic I will tell you how to help your baby.

    Honestly I would suggest to not strap your baby into the high chair the table will hold your baby and your always their. When your baby is strapped to a high chair, and you panic it would take longer for you to get them out. It is fully my personal suggestion and you don’t need to use it.

    1. Firs step if your baby is choking take them out of the high chair, or pick them up from the floor.
    2. Second step flip your baby so the face is facing the floor, in a horizontal position. Make sure you have a good grip on your baby.
    3. Third step is to give your baby medium blows on the back, between the shoulders. With in a few blows your baby will spit up what ever he/she was choking on.

    Always make sure that what ever your baby was chocking on is spit out.

    Don’t be really gentle with the blows, they have to be hard enough to make your baby spit up the food.

    Helping a choking baby

    Be Always Safe

    Never leave your baby unattended when giving table foods, you never know when you would need to help your baby.

    I personally deal with my infant choking on food at least once a week. He likes to eat by himself and sometimes he takes too much, or the food size is not right.

    We all make mistakes, but being near in the right time can change everything.

    Don’t ever panic, get your self together it looks worse than it is. Always give blows to your child if they are choking, and never be scared to do so.

4 Replies to “Introducing Solid Foods To Infants – What and when to give”

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for this informative and helpful post.
    It is very stressful when it comes to introducing solid foods to infants and that requires so much attention.
    I will definitely share this with my spouse.

    1. Hello Sebastian,
      yes introducing solid foods is a big step, if you or your spouse has any questions about introducing solids to an infant or on any other topic I will be more than happy to help you.

  2. I had no idea an infant shouldn’t have honey!!
    I work in healthcare and so many people come in with shellfish/iodine allergies.
    There is nothing scarier than when a child starts to gag on their food.
    I hate that adrenaline rush that comes with that.
    Really good article!

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