How To Introduce Solid Foods To Infants
- May 14, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
If you’ve checked out my other video on spotting the signs of solid-food readiness in your baby and recognize them in your own child, you are ready to introduce your baby to solids! Easier said than done. In this video, I’ll give you step-by-step guides to introducing solid foods to your baby.
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How to Start Baby on Solids
Introducing solid foods to infants can be stressful, especially if you have a fussy baby. My no-stress method is to offer breast milk or formula first. That way, you know your baby won’t be dying of hunger and will be able to savor the new tastes and sensations in his mouth. I was ok with following this order of giving milk first because my doctor always reminded me that the nutrients in breast milk or formula are still so important to your baby.
Baby Feeding and Sleeping Schedule: Starting Solid Foods
When I had my first baby in 2004, I tried to introduce solids when he was 6 months old. My son was a very picky eater, and I would spend all this time each morning trying to cajole him to eat purees and baby cereal and then breastfeed him before going to work. It took a very long time and was incredibly anxiety provoking, especially as a first time working mom.
What I learned is that if you have a fussy eater or your time is limited, you should consider giving milk first. And this is actually a great schedule for any baby, because infants should still be getting their primary nutrients from breast milk or formula anyway during the first year. You can breastfeed your baby or give your bottle, and then wait 20-30 minutes or so before giving your little meal of solids (just enough time to take a shower!). That way your solid feedings are more relaxed, because your baby is just hungry enough but not starving.
Here’s a schedule that really worked for me, assuming a 7 a.m. wake-up time which can of course be adjusted.
7 a.m. – 1st Feed (Milk)
7:30/8 a.m. – “Breakfast” (Solids)
9:30 a.m. – Nap (1.5 hours)
11 a.m. – 2nd Feed (Milk)
11:30/12 p.m. – “Lunch” (Solids)
1: 30 p.m. – Nap (1.5 hours)
3 p.m. – 3rd Feed (Milk)
7 p.m. – 4th Feed (Milk)
7:30 p.m. – “Dinner” (Solids)
8 p.m. – Bedtime
Hope this works for you – best of luck giving solids to your baby!
Try my solid-food feeding guide sample and let me know if it worked for you! I would love to hear about your experiences with feeding your baby solid foods for the first time!