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Friday
Aug302013

Update: Starting Solids (revised recommendations)

We had a big milestone at the Brown house last week - our baby girl got her first taste of solid foods.  Like most little ones faced with their first experience eating something other than breastmilk or formula - her reaction was priceless (some truly hilarious facial expressions).  We are all asked for advice about how to introduce solid foods on a daily basis in clinic.  And while experts recommend introducing solid foods around 6 months of age... a lot of the guidelines for what to give and when to give it have changed recently based on new research.  

Here's our revised edition of Twin City Ped's guide to starting solids. 

First, consider starting solids at a time when your baby is hungry but not starving, such as after he has had a little formula or breast milk, but not after a full milk feeding when he is not at all hungry. Try to introduce new foods with enthusiasm, but do not force your child to eat something.  If your child is not interested in a new food, put it away and try introducing it again later.

Start with infant cereal, fruits, or veggies. For most babies it does not matter what the first solid foods are. Traditionally, pediatricians have recommended starting with one of the single-grain cereals (rice, oat, whole wheat, or barley cereal). However, there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby. Others may encourage you to start vegetables before fruits, but there is no evidence that your baby will develop a dislike for vegetables if fruit is given first. Babies are born with a preference for sweets, and the order of introducing foods does not change this.

  • To make your baby’s cereal: Take 1-2 tablespoons of  cereal and put it in a cup or bowl, add formula or pumped breast milk, and make it very soupy (thinner than applesauce)
  • To feed your baby solids: Put your baby in a bouncy seat (a Bumbo seats work well too).  Using a spoon, drip "the soupy-cereal mix” or fruit or veggie on the back half of your baby's tongue so that it will go down his throat! 
  • Good choices for first fruits and veggies include the following (in pureed form):

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