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When should I start feeding my baby solid food?



There are a few ways to tell if your baby is actually ready for solid foods. Babies should be at least 13 pounds or at least have doubled their birth weight. They should be able to hold their head up on their own and actually push food to the back of their mouth when food is put into their mouth instead of spitting it out. If your baby is showing these signs, which usually happen between 4-6 months then your baby is ready for solid foods. As long as your baby is showing signs of readiness there is no right or wrong way to do it. A lot of parents have heard that they have to introduce single grain cereals such as rice first before they do fruits or veggies. Or that introducing veggies first will help your baby like them later in life. But that’s not necessarily the case. Babies are born with a natural affinity for sweet things so a lot of babies like fruits more than they like veggies but introducing fruits before veggies won’t spoil their appetite for veggies later on in life. You can just choose which one you want to give your baby first, perhaps choose something you think that they’d like most. Introduce it to them one at a time. Give it two to five days before introducing any new foods to allow for time to pass so that you can find out if your baby has any allergic response to it and actually peg down what the problem was if there is one. Just try giving about a half spoonful at once and see how your baby reacts to it. It’s normal for babies to actually act confused and spit it out the first time but just keep introducing it, again, as long as your baby is showing signs of readiness. Eventually they’ll take to it and do well. Start with one meal a day and once you’ve gotten one meal a day down move to the second meal and once one and two meals are down then move to the third meal a day until your baby is eating three meals a day and also snacks in between. If you have any questions about your baby’s weight or any specific questions about your baby’s condition make sure to consult with your baby’s doctor. But if you have any more questions for me feel free to ask them on our Facebook page and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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