In the first 4-6 months of your baby’s life, something amazing is going to happen. As their digestive system develops, they’ll be able to start eating solid foods, and a whole new adventure will begin as you start introducing them to new foods and watch their tastes develop.
We’ve compiled some of our top tips to help make the transition from liquid to solid food as smooth as possible.
Tip 1: start when your baby is ready
Babies all develop at different rates, so you shouldn’t panic if your baby isn’t ready as quickly as others. You’ll be able to tell your baby is ready for solid food if they start constantly trying to put things in their mouth, and become really interested in what you or other family members are eating. If they can sit up and have good control over their head and neck, you can see how they handle eating a small amount of pureed food from a spoon.
Tip 2: get your solids as sloppy as possible.
When you first start your baby on solids, you want the mixture as sloppy as possible, with no lumps. Don’t flavour the food with salt, pepper, spices, sugar, or honey – let your baby get used to the natural flavours of foods first. Baby rice cereal is a great first food, because it’s the perfect texture (especially when mixed with a little human milk or formula). You can also try pureed pumpkin, potato, carrot, zucchini, apple, melon, or pear.
Tip 3: try new foods
We recommend introducing a new food every 2-4 days. This helps your baby to experience a wide range of tastes and start to develop their own sense of taste. If you introduce one food at a time, you’ll be better able to understand which foods cause allergies or adverse reactions.
Tip 4: go at your baby’s pace
Start with 1-2 teaspoons of solid food. As your baby gets used to it, you can increase to 3-4 tablespoons. Keep increasing as your baby gets used to the solid food until you’re feeding three meals a day.
Tip 5: Adapt your family meals
Instead of preparing separate food for your baby, try whenever possible to adapt your family meal by pureeing the same meats and vegetables you used for dinner. This will help you save time and hassle in the kitchen and allow your baby to easily transition later to the normal family meal.
Tip 6: freeze food in ice cube trays
Another time-saving tip for prepping solid food for your baby is to freeze small portions in ice cube trays. When you need something quick, just defrost a couple of cubes and you’re good to go!
Tip 7: Have wipes at the ready
Babies eating solids tend to make a bit of a mess. Before you know it, food will be everywhere (except possibly in your baby’s mouth. Keep a packet of WaterWipes at the ready to clean up any mess. WaterWipes are great to use as they contain no harmful chemicals that will damage baby’s sensitive skin.