education: Starting solid foods
should I start feeding my baby solid foods? — Most doctors recommend that
parents start feeding their baby solid foods at about 4 to 6 months old.
can I tell if my baby is ready for solid foods? — Babies are usually ready to
start eating solid foods when they:
● Can sit up with help
● Have good control of their head and
● Put toys or hands in their mouth
● Show interest in food - lean forward and open mouth
when it's time to eat
food should I start with? — Start with a food that has only 1 ingredient and is
mashed up well. Most parents start with baby cereal, fruits, vegetables, or
can mix baby cereal with breast milk, formula, or water. Make the mixture thin
at first, and use a spoon to feed it to your baby. Doctors do not recommend
putting baby cereal in a baby's bottle.
you start feeding your baby solid foods, give your baby 1 new food every few
days. That way, you can make sure that your baby doesn't have an allergy to
that food. After a few days, you can try another food.
do I know if my baby has an allergy to a food? — Your baby might have an
allergy to a food if he or she eats it and then has 1 or more of the following
● Skin rash or raised, red patches of
skin that are usually very itchy, called
● Swollen lips or face
● Vomiting or diarrhea
● Coughing or trouble breathing
● Pale skin
your doctor or nurse if your child has any of these symptoms.
I use baby food from a jar? — Yes, but be sure to follow the instructions about
how long the food keeps after the jar is opened. Baby food usually keeps for 2
to 3 days after a jar is opened. If a jar has been opened for more than 3 days,
you should throw it out.
I make my own baby food? — Yes, but don't add salt or sugar to it. Babies don't
need extra salt or sugar in their food.
foods should I give my baby next? — After you give your baby different foods
with only 1 ingredient, move on to foods with 2 or more ingredients. For
example, you might try yogurt mixed with mashed fruit. Over time, you can give
your baby foods that are thicker and have small chunks in them, like pieces of
pasta or soft cheese. That way, your baby can get used to different foods and
learn to chew pieces of food.
there foods that babies should not eat or drink? — Yes. Babies younger than 1 year old should not drink cow's milk or eat
also recommend that children younger than 4 years old not eat certain foods
that commonly cause choking. These foods include:
● Hot dogs
● Peanuts and other nuts (but nut products are ok)
● Grapes, raisins
● Raw carrots
● Hard candies
I give my baby juice? — You can give your baby juice in a cup after they are 1
year old. But do not give your baby more than 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of
juice a day and it is not necessary.
Drinking more than that can lead to diarrhea, cavities, and other problems.
my child need vitamins? — Doctors recommend that all babies who breastfeed get
daily vitamin D drops starting when they are a few days old. Vitamin D helps
bones grow strong. Babies who drink formula might also need vitamin D drops,
depending on how much formula they drink each day.
If your baby is drinking water from a non-fluoridated
source then it is recommended that your baby get a daily fluoride vitamin.
babies need other vitamins each day, depending on what they eat and other
factors. Ask your doctor or nurse if your baby should take vitamins and which
ones he or she needs.
can babies feed themselves? — Babies can usually start picking up pieces of
food to feed themselves at about 8 to 10 months old.
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