Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute “Quest for Yum!” video and see what happens!
Every single baby is different. When the crawl, walk, talk and roll over is different for every single one. This applies to solid foods too. There are recommendations from AAP that I will share with you, but not every single baby is ready to start solids at the same time or in the same way.
For example, Lizzie had a very sensitive gag reflex. She refused to start solids of any sort – even cereal watered down with breastmilk – until over 6 months old. And it wasn’t until closer to a year old that she ate more than a few bites of solids at a time. A jar of babyfood back then lasted us well over a week. David ate more solids than his sister, but still preferred to get all his nutrition from nursing. He preferred to explore and play with his food. And now Lucy, as you can tell from the picture above, loves to eat! From 6 months on she was eating with us during meal time. And now at 10 months old is self-feeding table foods.
The AAP states that most babies are ready to start solids around 4-6 months of age:
Most babies are ready to eat solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age. Before this age, instead of swallowing the food, babies push their tongues against the spoon or food. This tongue-pushing reflex is necessary when they are breastfeeding or drinking from a bottle.
So an excellent way to tell if your baby is ready to start solids is to see if the tongue thrust reflex is still strong. If the baby continually spits out food with his/her tongue, they might not be ready to start yet. When baby starts moving the food from inside their mouth to swallowing down their throat, they are ready to continue.
What should I feed my baby first?
Dr. Alan Greene, renowned pediatrician, states rice cereal should not be a first food. It is too high in starch and is “junk food” for babies. Instead, feed babies organic produce as a first food. If your baby is showing signs of readiness to begin solids, it is safe to give mashed avacado, sweet potato or bananas.
Here is a really cute video from Plum Organics about feeding baby solids. Let me know what you think in the comments – how did you start your baby on solids?