Baby Nutrition: How to Transition to Feeding Solid Food

Transitioning from formula or breast milk to solid foods is a big step in your child’s development. It also can be confusing to know when to start and what to try.

No need to stress, we have you covered!

Keep reading for an in-depth look at what you need to know about baby nutrition. We’ll also discuss the what and when of transitioning to solid food.

When To Transition

Possibly one of the more important factors in transitioning to solid food is knowing when to do it.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s best to hold off on introducing solid food until the 6-month mark. Transitioning before this time may increase the occurrence of problems such as allergic reactions. It also may not be best for baby nutrition. Babies are unable to digest certain proteins and enzymes until around the six-month mark.

Parents may also want to decide when to start solid foods depending on their child’s rate of development. According to the AAP, coupled with your baby’s age, the following milestones may point to your baby is ready to try solids.

  • Weight doubles or reaches 13 pounds
  • Good head control
  • Opening their mouths when food comes their way

First Foods

Traditionally, babies are first introduced to single-grain cereals. Since weaning off of formula or breast milk can leave your baby slightly iron deficient, many parents choose this iron rich food.

When introducing dry cereal, you should mix the cereal with formula, water or breast milk. Once your child has adjusted to the consistency, you may choose to use less liquid to thicken.

For optimal baby nutrition, babies should supplement solid food with formula or breast milk until 12 months. This will also ease frustrations, as the adjustment to solid foods can be difficult for both parent and child.

Go Organic In Baby Nutrition

While there is little evidence showing one food is better to start off with than others, there’s no debate that organic is the way to go.

In this day and age, many foods are grown with harmful pesticides which are then passed into the food we buy, including baby foods. Parents can offer their child the best by making their own organic fruit and vegetable purees.

They can also buy foods made with strictly organic ingredients.

Allergy Concerns

A big fear, especially in new parents introducing solids, is allergies. When starting solid foods, it is important to keep an eye out for symptoms of a reaction.

Some common foods that cause allergic reactions are

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shellfish

Foods to Avoid

Honey and cows milk should be avoided until after the 12-month mark. However, processed milk products such as cheese and yogurt are okay before one year.

Transitioning to solid foods may be trying but keep at it. Eating solid foods is just one of the milestones you child will hit regarding baby nutrition, so be patient.

Your child will need time to adjust to textures, routines and other aspects of their growing bodies. You may get some funny faces and food-flinging, but isn’t that part of the joy of children? 

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