The Baby Whisperer: Starting solid foods - 6 July
Introducing your baby to solid food!
Starting your baby on solids can be a bit daunting, but it need not be! Most babies are ready to start on solids before parents are prepared and by learning some of the 'ready signs' your baby can show you, it will help parents make this next step of their babies development an enjoyable one.
It was recommended by the World Health Organization that we don't start babies on solid food until they are 6 months of age and in most cases this is correct, but there are some babies who are showing signs slightly earlier than this at more like 4mths of age.
There are various health professionals who will agree that if your baby is showing you some of the following signs it is wise to follow your babies cues and to slowly introduce some of the right foods into their daily routine.
It is always best to talk to a professional if you are planning to start your baby earlier than the recommended age.
Signs that show your baby is ready to try solid food
- They have good head control
- They watch and are interested in what you are eating (Eat at least one meal a day in front of your baby to allow this to happen)
- They open their mouth and close it when spoon of food offered
- Baby's weight is at least 13 pounds
- Your baby might be also doing the following in the day in conjunction with the signs mentioned above,
- They have started having unsettled sleeps
- They are grizzly during their play time
Foods to start with
- Pear, pumpkin, kumera (sweet potato),
- Courgette, carrot and baby rice
*Please note that you are advised to watch your babies closely when first introducing solids, incase they have an allergic reaction. Talk with your Plunket nurse or doctor if you have family allergies or if you would like to know more about what to do if a reaction should occur.
How much and how warm
- Start with offering baby up to 1-2 tablespoons, dependant of age.
- Have food warm, check with clean finger before offering to baby.
Equipment you need
- Blender - hand blender or kitchen wiz or old fashioned Moule
- Spoons - 2x plastic or wooden baby spoons
- Bowl - start by using just a cup or ramekin dish
- Ice cube trays or freezable storage containers
Annabel Karmel's - The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
Lizzie Vann (DK book) - Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook