Breast feeding routines or formula mixing is in process, while solid foods are just one more adventure in the journey of child feeding.
At 4 to six months ready to begin solid foods
|Birth to 4 months (baby can suck, swallow and stick out tongue||Breast feed|
|4 to 6 months||Order of solid foods i) Iron fortified foods (singe strained fruits and vegetables or cereal grain cereal) – 4 to six months (idly, rice) – Iron forticifed cereal followed by (oat barly cereal), Mix 1 tsp of ceral with breast milk or formula and offere 2 to 3 times daily with spoon.|
|5 to 6 months
Baby can learn to eat from spoon. Lip closure is present
|Iron fortified ceral – Add plain strained baby gegetables (peas, carrot, squash, green beans) and strained baby fruits (banana, apple sauces, peaches, pear and apricot) – 1 ot 2tbs of strained veg or fruit 2 to 3 times daily. Offer new food every 3 to 4 days and watch for signs of intolerance (rash, spotting up or diarrohea)|
|6 to 8 month (chewing motion is present)||IFCereal – Increase to 4 tbsp or more daily. Add plain strained baby meats (chicken, lamb, egg yolk). Offer ½ to 1 tbsp one to two times daily. Increased strained veg to 2 tbs or more per day. Offer 2 to 4 ounces of fruit juices fortified with vit C in abottle or cop. Begin, unsweetened dry cereals, crackers, soft breads|
|8-9 month (teeth are present, chewing improves baby can grasp food with hand||Breast milk. IF cereals, small serving of cheese, plain yougurt, soft cheese, chopped canned fruit,|
|10-12 months||Continue iron fortified cerals (4tbs more day) add cooked cut up pieces of vegetables and soft fruits (4tbs or more per day) tender meats.|
Although 4-6 months are ready to start solid foods, don’t rely on calendar. Babies must be phsiacll and developmentally ready for solid foods. Age just a point of ferenferenec.
Learning to eat the first solid food through spoon. Its a step towards independence and learning to eat on ones own (initiall challenges). Use a small sppon with long handle. While feeding, pick a time when your baby is relaized and hungry. Smile and talk as you feed, which will help food experience more pleaseant and talking helps language development.