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Between 4-6 months // Other things to consider:
Is your baby holding their head up? You will want your baby to have good head control when they start eating solids
How big is your baby? Typically, when babies’ double their weight, and weigh 13+ pounds, they may be ready to start with solids!
You should always check with your pediatrician before starting solids to make sure that your baby is ready.
It’s also important to note that solids are just a complement to breast milk or formula. If you’re like me, I just nurse on demand (usually every 3 hours or so) and I feed Ellie solids 2 times daily, once in the morning and once at dinner.
You can also choose the BLW (Baby Led Weaning) approach. This means that you skip the purees altogether and give your baby table foods. Usually this is initiated somewhere between 6-8 months. You can read more about it here! Read about the best foods for baby-led weaning here!
We knew Ellie was ready because she was always looking at me when I was eating and and would reach for my food! She is also a big baby 94th percentile!
Some great foods to initially start with include….
Fruits: Apple, Avocado, Apricot, Banana, Mango, Nectarine, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes
Vegetables: Green Beans, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Peas, Squash, Zucchini, Carrots
Meats & Fish: Chicken, Tofu, Turkey, Salmon, White Fish, Beef (6+ months)
Of note, there has been a bit of a change in the old school “don’t give your baby peanut butter until age 1” thought process. Read here for the new recommendations and findings.
Iron enriched foods are key because at 6 months breast milk cannot keep up with the baby’s need for iron.
You’ll want to start with grains first. Try this baby oatmeal here, Ellie loves it! It’s chock full of iron and is USDA organic. FYI: There has recently been a lot of evidence that rice cereal may not be the best thing to give to your baby because of the arsenic levels (read all about that here)
After your baby gets the hang of eating the oatmeal, you can move on to other foods, such as fruits, veggies, & meat! It is recommended that you stick with the same food for 2-3 days before moving on to another food to ensure they will not have an allergic reaction. Always watch for a reaction which can include a rash, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Finger foods would come a little bit later once your baby is able to sit up on their own and are able to bring food to their mouth. To make sure you avoid choking, you will want these foods to be small, soft, easy to swallow and cut up into smaller pieces.
I really love this baby spoon for feeding because it turns white when it’s too hot! Oh, and this high chair is our absolute favorite. We’ve had it for years and swear that it’s the best one we’ve come across!
You can make your baby food in this Beaba food maker (I have heard amazing things about it but its a bit pricey) or this simpler food maker that is more affordable. Once your food is made, you can make it in batches and freeze it to make feeding times easier!
The AAP states that you can try starting fruits or vegetables first. There has not been any evidence that proves that starting vegetables first will curb a sweet tooth.
Depending on the age of your baby and the type of food you are giving them, the ounces vary. You can check out the feeding chart here for more details on the AMOUNT of food to give your baby
FYI: My information is obtained from the American Academy of Pediatrics and I have used the guidelines from the AAP book Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know.
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