When should you introduce baby foods to your baby?
Babies digestive systems take a little time to develop. It isn’t until around 6 months that you should start with some solid foods. For the first six months, formula and breast milk will provide all the nutrients their little bodies can handle. With that being said, not all babies are the same, and some may actually be ready, as early as 5 months old. It is important to be able to spot the signs of when they are ready for solid foods. If your baby has any of the following signs, it may be time to test the waters.
- Holds their head up
- Making chewing motions
- Gaining weight rapidly (Twice birth weight)
- Reaches for parents food, or shows interest
- Sits up straight in a high chair
- Hungry even after 40 ounces of formula in one day
What should I start to feed them?
With my baby, I started her out with rice cereal. It is very easy to use, and all you have to do is mix it with formula or breast milk. There is a little more work involved than fixing a bottle, but it helps keep the babies stomach fuller for longer. This will pay high dividends later when you want that 30 extra minutes of sleep during your nap together. You can also purchase little packages that are premade from Gerber, and have all type of flavors from apples, to avocados. These are great to have stocked in the cabinet if you just want to grab them a quick snack. Click on baby foods to check out all the different options available.
How much should I feed?
I would start with just one feeding a day. After they start to feel more comfortable you can start to incorporate 2 feedings a day and so on. If you are using rice cereal, you can gradually increase the thickness of the cereal overtime to help get their stomachs ready for solids. Ultimately, Your baby will let you know what they want, so just look for them to tell you when they are ready for some more.