Introduction To Solids Guide
Introducing solids to your little love is an exciting milestone that signifies their journey into a world of new flavours and textures. Here's a helpful guide to assist you in navigating this important stage:
Signs of Readiness: Keep an eye out for these signs to determine if your bub is ready for solids:
- Head Control: Your little one should be able to hold their head steady and sit with support.
- Curiosity for Food: If your bub starts taking an interest in the food you eat, watches you eat, or tries to grab food from your plate, it may be a sign of readiness.
- Diminished Tongue Thrust Reflex: The tongue thrust reflex, where bubs push food out of their mouths, should start to decrease around 4-6 months.
- Increased Hunger: If your bub seems unsatisfied with breast milk or formula alone and appears hungry even after a feed, it may indicate their readiness for solids.
How to Introduce Solids Safely:
- Start with Pureed Foods: Begin with single-ingredient purees like mashed fruits or vegetables to gradually introduce new tastes.
- Offer Variety: Introduce a range of foods to expose your bub to different flavours and textures.
- Take It Slow: Start with a small spoonful of food and observe your bub's reaction. Gradually increase the amount as they become more comfortable.
- Avoid Common Allergens: Introduce common allergenic foods, such as eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, wheat, soy, and fish, one at a time and in small portions. Watch out for any allergic reactions or sensitivities.
- Consistency and Texture: As your bub gets accustomed to purees, slowly introduce thicker textures and mashed foods to promote chewing skills and baby-led weaning if you are comfortable.
- Hygiene and Food Safety: Always wash your hands before preparing bub's food. Use clean utensils and store any leftovers safely in the fridge. Avoid giving honey to bubs, as it can cause botulism.
What You'll Need:
- High Chair: A sturdy high chair with good back support will provide a comfortable and secure space for your bub to sit during mealtime. Ensure that your little one has a foot rest and both feet can rest comfortably.
- Soft-Tipped Spoons: Use small spoons with soft tips specifically designed for feeding bubs. Avoid using metal spoons that may harm their delicate gums.
- Bowls and Plates: Opt for baby-friendly bowls and plates that are microwave-safe and easy to clean.
- Blender or Food Processor: A blender or food processor will help you puree and mash foods to an appropriate consistency for your bub.
- Bibs and Burp Cloths: Keep our Luca & Co bibs and burp cloths handy to catch any spills or messes during feeding.
- Patience and Love: Lastly, remember that introducing solids is a learning process for both you and your bub. Be patient, enjoy the journey, and shower your little one with love and encouragement. There is no wrong and right way to start this journey, just do what is comfortable for you and baby.
For more detailed information on introducing solids to your bub, including safe practices and nutritious recipes, we recommend visiting One Handed Cooks HERE. They provide a wealth of resources and expert advice to support you in this exciting journey of introducing your little one to the world of food. Follow us on Instagram for daily inspiration and join our community of parents who are exploring the wonderful world of solids with their bubs. Let's embark on this delicious adventure together!