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Starting baby on solid food?

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When is your baby ready?

Many moms worry about when they should stop feeding only milk to their babies and move them onto solid food. To work out when your baby is ready to start solids look for 3 or more of the followings signs:

Physical signs include Other signs include
Has doubled his/her birth weight Baby is interested in surrounds and
can focus for  period of time
Baby can hold his head steady
when sitting fully supported
Baby responds to outside noises like
mother's voice by looking at whatever
or whoever is it that is making that sound
When lying on stomach, your baby
can lift his head and place weight on forearms

 

Start slowly with a plain cereal like Purity Rice or Maize. Mix 1 table spoon of cereal with 4 table spoons of breast milk or formula to make a thin porridge. Put a little bit of porridge on the tip of a small spoon and let baby suck off the porridge. As baby gets used to the porridge you can make it thicker by adding less milk.

What do I start on?

Introduce solid food one at a time with a few days in between to make sure baby does not have any allergies. Baby’s first solid food should be easy to digest. Purity cereals are gentle on the tummy, easy to digest and less likely to cause allergic reactions, available in gluten free options too.

Follow with smooth fruits & vegetables

Once your baby is used to cereals introduce vegetable puree and then fruit puree, remember to only introduce one flavour at a time to ensure your baby has no allergies. Purity’s first food jars includes smooth vegetables and fruits designed for easy swallowing and digestion, your baby will probably only eat 1-2 teaspoons at each meal in the beginning. Don’t force your baby to finish the bowl and learn to see when he is full.

Tip 1: Introduce vegetables before fruit- if you introduce the sweeter fruits first, you may have difficulty in getting your baby to eat vegetables.

Tip 2: Your baby might not finish a whole jar of puree, always dish into a clean bowl and don’t feed from the jar- your baby’s saliva mixes with the contents and breaks down the food, making it runny.

After a few weeks on solids baby will be happy to try solids 2 to 3 times a day after his milk feed, this could consist of a cereal in the morning, pureed jar in the afternoon and some baby tea or juice in between.  Choose a time when he is happy and you are relaxed. Don’t try solid feeding if your baby is sick.

From about seven months, or a month after starting solids, include variety in your baby’s diet through different vegetable and fruit purées Purity stage two has a great variety of flavours  to ensure he develops a palate for different tastes and supplies nutrients to his diet.

As your baby grows and develops he is ready for more complex tastes and textures. From about eight months he is ready to learn to chew, regardless of whether any teeth have appeared or not. Introduce textured and mashed, lumpy foods to his diet. Textured food helps him learn to coordinate the different parts of his mouth and use the muscles he needs for speech development. Your baby may struggle to accept new textures at first, but keep trying. Offer mixed meals such as pasta and mince, chicken & veg or any of the Purity stage 3 food jars.

Once your baby has gotten used to the mashed food texture he can move onto more coarsely textured food. Purity stage 4 has a perfect balance of texture to help prepare your baby for table food. The more textured foods further strengthen the muscles in your baby’s jaw and mouth that he will use at a later stage, making them an important part of your baby’s diet. Babies are now also able to cope with holding a spoon and using it with more accuracy.

By the age of one year, your baby should be eating a balanced diet of coarsely textured foods that are lightly flavoured and resemble the rest of the family’s meals. At this age your baby can eat all food types. Dish up a small bowl of a variety of foods to begin with. If you offer portions of food that are too large, your baby might feel overwhelmed and then may not want to eat at all.

Happy Feeding!

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