7 Tricks To Get Your Baby To Start Eating Solid Foods

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Start Slow

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Introduce only one food and then wait several days before introducing another food.  The reason being that you want to be careful and watch for food allergy signs.  If an allergic reaction occurs, it will be easier to pinpoint where it’s coming from if you introduce just one new food every few days.  Food allergy symptoms to watch out for include vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.

Common food allergies come from eggs, fish, wheat, cow’s milk, soy, and fruits.  That covers a lot of foods, so you are right if you thought that food allergies could come from any food.

Pediatricians recommend delaying the introduction of eggs, peanuts, and fish until other foods have been introduced first.  But don’t wait too long.  Some experts now believe that by protecting your child from these foods, you may actually increase their chance of having a food allergy.  For infants, avoid honey until after they have reached their first birthday.  Honey can contain botulism spores.  The risk of botulism is high for babies.

Set Aside A Lot of Time For Feedings

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Nutritionists advise us to all slow down when we eat.  It may take awhile for the food to reach your stomach and give you cues that you are indeed full and should stop eating.  You can instill this healthy habit in babies by setting aside a lot of time for eating.  Rushing because you may be on a tight schedule will not only take the enjoyment out of your baby trying new foods, but it can also lead to choking.  Slow the pace down, and enjoy meals with your baby.

8 Foods To Start With

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Foods that are mildly bland yet sweet are great beginning options for solid foods for babies.  I’ve listed some of the most popular and also recommended first foods for babies.

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Peaches
  • Applesauce
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes

Be Prepared For Messiness

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Babies can be extremely messy creatures.   Plan for what you put on their plate or tray to end up in their hair and ears.  Make sure to plan for food flying and falling on the floor.  Don’t set up for their first meals to take place in your white carpeted dining room.  By expecting and preparing meals to naturally be messy for beginning eaters, will also make it less stressful for your baby and you.

Introduce New Foods in the Morning

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Morning is the best time to introduce new foods.  The reason being is that, if your baby has a bad reaction to a new food, you will be more aware to notice and catch it during waking hours.  Also, if by chance a new food causes intestinal distress for your baby, it should wear off by the end of the day.  For the most part, I think parents would agree that risking a baby being awake all night doesn’t make as much sense as dealing with issues during the day.

Final Thoughts

Starting your baby on new foods can be an exciting adventure for both you and your baby.  Make sure to have your camera ready to capture all of the cute messiness that is bound to happen.  I’ve listed some tips here that I hope will help you when starting your baby with eating solid foods.  Remember that each baby is different.  Just because your first born loved bananas, doesn’t mean that your second child will also like them.  Babies preferences can be as widely different as grown adults preferences.  Enjoy this time.  Before you know it, your baby will be helping you to prepare lunch.  If it gets messier than you are comfortable with, just take in a deep breath and realize that this time will pass quicker than you realize.

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