One of a new baby’s exciting milestone is his first time to try food. Baby food is considered to be soft, easily chewed and digested type of food other than breastmilk or infant formula that is made especially for human babies between four to six months (as well as two years old).
2 weeks ago we visited the doctor for a check up and vaccination. We were advised that our Alestair Jian can now start trying out food at 5 months.
When To Introduce Solid Food To Your Baby?
By solid I mean baby food. Purée, mashed, soft food. Pediatricians may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Babies don’t yet have the skills to swallow solid foods safely, and their digestive system simply isn’t that prepared for solids until they’re about 4 months old.
Signs Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Food
1.Significant weight gain. He may be ready to eat solids if he’s doubled his birth weight, weighs at least 13 pounds, and is at least 4 months old.
2.Curiosity about food. Your baby may begin reaching for your food, staring at your food, or may open his mouth if you offer him a spoonful. Like this little fella right here.
3.Steady head and can sit well enough when supported. Your baby needs to be able to sit upright in an infant feeding seat or so long as he has support. Don’t forget that he needs to be able to keep his head in a steady and upright too.
4. Your baby should be able to move food in his mouth backwards and swallow it. Instead of using his tongue to push food out of his mouth. His tongue is developing together with his digestive system.
Healthy First Baby Food
My expectations were set by the pediatrician that feeding my baby the first time is never easy. And initially the baby will spit it out but will get used to it. The pediatrician did not recommend starting on with formulated food but preferred natural instead. A few of her suggestions are banana, carrots, potatoes, squash, and apple. Must be mashed or pureed. No avocado because it has saturated fats that is not safe for the baby. No oranges too because the pulp has a possibility not to be swallowed easily.
NO COOK: Healthy and Easy Baby Food
Start with a teaspoon size of ripe banana and mix it with breastmilk (if you are still breastfeeding) or milk formula. At least 5ml or 1 table-spoon if milk will do. Mix and mash it together with the banana until it looks pureed. NO WATER — besides the one mixed with the milk.
Feeding Your Baby
Remember to use a soft-tipped plastic spoon to feed your baby to avoid injuring his gums. There are a lot of baby spoon available in for first time feeding and I recommend the one with silicone so it’s for your baby’s gums.
Put a small amount of food on the tip of the spoon and offer it to him. If your baby doesn’t seem very interested, just let him smell the food for now and try again another time. What I do is I try to entertain my baby and wait for him to open his mouth and then attempt to insert the spoon. But be careful and try not to insert the spoon too much. Just insert the tip with the pureed food and do like a pouring motion. Kind of sliding the spoon out of his gums. You can watch my instagram highlights on how I fed my baby first time.
Like what the pediatrician said, it’s never easy. But as for me it was sort of a breeze feeding the baby because I’m just so excited for this milestone for him. Your baby will spit out the food after a few tries. What I do is I kind of return the food left around his mouth or chin back to his mouth until he kinda get used to it. Plus the play time actually works wherein he needs to open his mouth and you attempt to insert the food.
I hope you find this blog helpful especially to those new mommies out there. Let me know what you think on the comments below and you can always leave messages here. Thanks for reading! 😉