If you believe that your baby is ready to begin eating solids, ask your pediatrician about it. Introducing solids to your baby’s diet is extremely important because, this way, he will acquire the nutrients needed for a proper development. You might be wondering what’s the right time to begin. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s around the 6-month mark; however, every child is different and some are ready before that.
It’s important to introduce solid food when your baby is around 6 months because at this point breast milk no longer provides enough iron, calories, protein, DHA, zinc, and fat-soluble vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and vitamin C. These requirements can be found in solid food.
How to introduce the first solid food?
To begin with this new stage, choose the time of day that’s more convenient for you. Preferably, choose between breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, and alternate them as time passes, so that your baby gets used to eating solid foods at different times of day. You want your baby to be in a good mood and hungry enough, but not starving. To make eating solids for the first time a smoother experience, give your baby a little breast milk or formula first. Then try giving him very small spoonfuls of food and end with more milk. After several days, the process can be reversed to ensure that, gradually, the nutrients coming from the solid foods are increased, until the point where you only provide solids at that specific mealtime.