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10 Tips That Can Help You While Giving Your Baby Solids.


Getting your baby to eat new meals after six months of breastfeeding or formula feeding is challenging at first. Babies are used to the fluid-like texture of breast milk and formula, so introducing foods in solid form can be a bit puzzling to them. For most new mums, it is exciting at first, you can't wait to try out your cooking skills and all those puree combos you've been reading up. It gets disappointing however, when your baby won't eat past one spoon or even refuse to eat entirely. 

If you are about to introduce solids to your baby, or you have already started, then you might find these few tips helpful.

1.

 Make Sure Meals Are Easy To Swallow And Digestible.



Because your baby is used to meals in fluid-like forms, it is important to ensure that your Baby's first foods, in the first few months of introducing solids are soft and easy to swallow. Cereals and purees are a good way to start in the first few months.

2.

Start With Smaller Meal Portions.

According to Dr Gbemisola Boyede, a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Small portions should be served in the first few weeks. Gradually increase portions with time and as your baby demands. 

3.

Make Mealtime Colorful and Exciting. 


Babies are generally playful and colorful meals are appealing to the eyes. Garnish baby food with well cooked or mashed colorful veggies, allow your baby play around with the food.

 It's messy at first, but it gets better with time, and the best part is that they get to learn how to eat independently with time. 

According to a recent study, published on developmental science, children who play with their food are quicker to learn new words associated with food textures than those who didn’t play.

4.

Introduce New Meals Gradually.


One of the questions that come up frequently, when starting solids for the first time is, what foods to try out and when. It is essential to introduce new meals gradually, so you can rule out allergies and food intolerance.

 Dr Gbemisola Boyede, a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, advises that Mums should give a week interval or some days, before introducing new meals.

5.

Create A Balanced Feeding Timetable.

Thinking out foods to eat each day, can be tasking, even more tasking is the process of creating a meal plan for your little one. When it comes to your baby's meals, making sure that you are giving your baby all the classes of food is important for growth. Creating a timetable that works for you and your baby makes things easier.

 

6.

Make Sure Meals are Not Spicy.


According to babycenter, spices like chilli pepper or curry should be introduced when your baby is up to one year.

 So it's best to scoop out your baby's portion before adding your spices, when cooking for the family.

7.

Include More Family Meals.


While cereals are an easy fix, it is important to gradually include your baby's portion when cooking meals for the family. If possible, have your baby join the family during meal time, studies have shown that some babies eat more when they see their parents or family members eating. 


8.

Variety.


It's easier and less time consuming to give foods that your baby will easily eat without any hassle. But this does not help you on the long run, because, just like adults, babies also get bored, and crave variety in meals. Diversity and constant experimenting will get your baby all revved up and exciting for each feeding adventure. 

9.

Do not Force-feed.


A lot of times, in a state of helplessness, most mothers are tempted to force-feed their babies.

One of the many dangers of force-feeding according to Parentlane, is that your baby may dislike the meal or feeding time entirely. This means more work for you and more fussiness from your baby. Mealtime should not be torturous for babies, instead it should be a bonding moment for you and your baby. 

10.

Patience and Consistency.

With Babies, a generous amount of patience and consistency is needed at very stage. Don't give up, stay focused on the goal, which is to get your baby eat solids. There will be really bad days, on those days, take a break and give yourself another chance the next day.


The Takeaway.

Babies are different, while some may easily accept solids, for others it may be a bumpy ride in the beginning. But the good news is that, it gets better with time.

Got any other helpful tips? please leave a comment below.


References: Babycenter,,MedlinePlus AskThePaediatrician, Parentlane.

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