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Starting Solid Foods For Your Baby

The rules seem to be changing everyday on how to start solids for babies, so let me set the record straight!!  At The Pediatric Group, I and my colleagues generally recommend starting solids between 4-6 months of life.
 
We do look for certain indicators that your baby is ready, before starting solid food:
  • Has your baby doubled their birth weight?
  • Is he/she able to hold their head up without support?
  • Do they seem interested in food?  
If we are able to answer yes to these things, it's time to jump into including solids.
 
 
I always suggest that when you start feeding your baby solid food, the first thing I want you to think about is any family history of food allergies.  If there is a family history of a food allergy, stop reading right here and speak to your provider before starting solids!  If there are no food allergies keep reading.  
 
We used to start with rice cereal as a first food.  It was easy to mix, cheap, portable, and has good sources of iron and zinc.  

That has now changed.  

We now tell parents to start with veggies and then fruits, The reason for this order is that once babies get sweet stuff, they often don’t want the other food. I generally tell parents to start with sweet potatoes, carrots, or squash.  My favorite first food is avocados, it's easy to mash, yummy, and is an excellent source of good fats!  

If you do choose to add rice cereal to their diet, only give it to them 2-3 times a week due to the fact that there is arsenic in rice cereal.
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Once you start a new food, wait 3-5 days before trying another new food. This will help make it easier to determine any allergic sensitivities in your baby.  

Once you have 3-4 veggies in their diet, then you can jump into fruits!  Be aware that bananas can cause constipation, prunes and pears can cause diarrhea.  
 
Once your baby is 6 months old, it's a free for all!  

We used to tell parents to hold off on eggs, peanuts, and shellfish because we were worried about food allergies.  Studies have recently found that the earlier you introduce these foods, the less likely your child is to have an allergy to it.  

The only thing we want you to wait on is honey, and that is due to the higher risk of contracting botulism.  

 
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Hopefully this has cleared up some questions around starting solid foods for your little one! It is definitely fun watching babies try foods for the first time! Have your camera ready for those beautiful faces, fun reactions, and that big mess that will be sure to follow!

 
 
Posted: 10/1/2017 11:29:41 AM by Jenae Grader | with 0 comments


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