As your babies grow older, their nutritional requirements also increase as well. During
their first six months, your breastmilk would be sufficient enough in providing them with
the nutrients that their bodies need.
However, 6 months and beyond, you should start introducing them to more solid foods
as your breastmilk is no longer able to give what their body requires for optimal growth.
Bear in mind that babies can actually start eating solid foods by the 4 th month, but there
are some that may require a bit more time to adapt. That is why a good start for most
babies is for six months onward.
Feeding your baby can be messy which is why it is necessary for you to get a lot of
baby bibs to help keep the feeding process as clean as possible.
Is Your Baby Ready to Eat?
Before giving your baby some solid foods, you have to first look at how they would react
given a number of circumstances. First, try to see if your baby’s tongue-thrust reflex is
gone. This is the gag reflex that is responsible for preventing infants from choking,
which is not something that you want to have if you want to start feeding them with
It is also important that your baby is able to support their own head and neck since
stability in these areas is crucial for the feeding process. They should be able to sit up
on their own.
One simple indication that your baby is ready to eat is if they are interested in the food
that you eat. Whenever they stare or try to grab what you are eating, that is a tell-tale
sign that she also wants to have a piece as well.
When Feeding Solids
It is important that you ask your baby’s doctor first if they can eat solid foods or not.
Once the pediatrician gives the go signal, you want to feed them at key points in the
Ideally, you want to feed them when they are a little bit hungry but not to the point that
they get upset at you. It is also a great time for you to start feeding your baby when they
are not too tired or cranky as it I usually an indication that they want to rest instead.
There are a number of ways you can start feeding your baby. You can either place them
on your lap or you can have them seated in their infant seat.
Before feeding them, allow them to see the food first. Let them smell it and once you
think that they want to have a bite, go ahead and feed them.
If it is their first time, expect to see foods being rejected, or stuck in their lips, or goes
down on their bibs, and so on.
Take note that whilst you are feeding them with solids, your breastmilk is still a great
complement to their diet as well.
Foods to Avoid
Your babies can generally eat whatever fresh produce there is. You can feed them fruits
and vegetables such as bananas, sweet potatoes, squash, pears, and so on. As your
baby starts teething, you can start to introduce meat into the mix as well.
Generally, you want to avoid foods that may put them at an allergy risk. Avoid foods like
peanuts, eggs, and other foods that may cause allergies in babies. It would be best that
you talk to their doctor about this.