When To Start Baby Food For Your Infant


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What the health experts have to say? Your baby should be breastfed for the first six months before you offer him solid food. Post six months has been chosen as the ideal time to introduce solid food to the baby because solids readiness depends on the maturity of baby’s digestive tract and baby’s developmental readiness for solids. Most babies are developmentally ready for solids somewhere between six and eight months.

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Signs that indicate your baby is ready for solid food Your baby becomes more curious about your food and tries to grab it off of your plate or watch you eagerly as you eat your dinner. He has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and doesn't automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue. Your baby becomes dissatisfied with breast milk and becomes hungrier more frequently than usual. Your baby can exert more control over his body and can sit up well without support.

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Appropriate food for your baby Start out with simple, pureed or well-mashed foods like cooked carrot, parsnip, potato, apple, ripe pear or mango. Nutritional and medical researchers recommend that parents start out with single grain carbohydrates, such as baby oatmeal. Iron-fortified cereals like Cerelac, contain vitamins and minerals along with essential fatty acids. Small portions of well cooked meat, poultry, fish, yoghurt, lentils or cheese can also be given but, at later stages.

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Points to note Baby's appetite will start to vary from one feed to the next. If he keeps his mouth shut, turns away, or starts playing with his food, that means he is full. Quantity and quality of Baby food he eats over the whole week is more important than what he eats in a day. Continue giving your baby breastmilk or in between mealtimes. As he gradually eats more solids, the number of milk feeds will start to decrease.

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