If you’ve read many of our posts, you know by now that one of the things we emphasize on this blog is healthy eating. We’re committed to the idea that starting a baby on the healthiest possible foods is the first step to a lifetime of healthy eating for your child. We’ve written about the importance of feeding your baby fresh, or lightly-cooked, fruits and vegetables. We’ve emphasized that it’s best to offer lean proteins and whole grains, and that you should keep sugar and salt to a minimum.
starting baby on solids
It’s always nice when a baby who’s just started eating solid foods shows a real appetite for them. As a parent, you know that it feels great to offer your little one healthy purees and then watch as she gobbles them up. But can that healthy appetite ever be a problem? Can a baby actually eat too much solid food? In a word, yes. Remember, for the first year of life, a baby’s primary source of nutrition should be breastmilk and/or formula. It’s just fine to offer solid foods
Starting solids is a big step for your baby -- he’s learning a whole new way of eating, after all! All those new foods affect his every aspect of his digestion, including what ends up in his diapers. That’s right -- we’re talking poop today! Starting Solids? The Poop Changes! Before you start your baby on solid foods, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance for the fact that starting solids will probably affect your baby’s poop. The poop will smell worse. The poop may be brightly colored.
We talk a lot around here about starting solids (since it’s the name of our site and all! ;) ) That’s because it’s our desire to equip all parents with the knowledge they need to give their baby the best possible start to eating solid foods. We know, however, that for parents (and especially for you first-time parents) the information related to starting your baby on solids can be a LOT to take in! There’s so much to remember, and we know (from personal experience!) that it’s enough to make
When it comes to feeding a baby solids, one of the most common questions parents ask is, “How do I know my baby’s ready to start solid foods?” He might seem hungrier than usual, but does that mean he’s ready? She may have good head and neck control, but is that a sign that she can start eating solids? We tackle the question of when to start in our How To Know When to Start Your Baby on Solids post, but we thought it might be helpful to review. Below are nine common signs that’ll help you know
When it comes to starting your baby on solids, a question parents ask themselves (aside from how and when to start) is, “What foods should I start with?” After all, your baby hasn’t tasted anything but breastmilk or formula up to this point; whatever foods you offer first are going to have a big impact! There are a few rules when it comes to what foods you should feed your baby first. Avoid any allergenic foods (like milk, eggs, tomatoes, nut butters, etc.) Think about textures, too; whatever
You know when and how to start your baby on solids. You’re familiar with the types and amounts of foods your baby can eat, based on her age. You’ve mastered the basics of cooking, pureeing, and storing homemade baby food. Congratulations, baby food expert -- you know a lot! Something you may not be feeling to confident about, however, is when (during the course of a day) you should be offering your baby solids. You likely eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at roughly the same times each
Reflux: it’s a problem that affects many babies (up to 50% of babies age 0-3 months!) And if your baby has ever struggled with reflux, you know how hard it can be -- the gas, the vomiting, the constant fussiness. Since reflux is a digestive issue, introducing solid foods to your baby will definitely have an impact on her reflux symptoms. Some parents find their babies’ reflux symptoms actually improve with the introduction of solid foods; others find that starting solids increases reflux
At this point in our article series, we’ve laid a good foundation for starting your baby on solids. We’ve learned when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, and how your baby may react after starting to eat solid foods. But, wait, how do you physically feed your baby solids and at what time of day? How to Feed Your Baby: When Should Meals Happen? Some parents find themselves wondering when solid feedings should happen -- first thing in the morning? Before bed? Three times