Starting Your Baby On Solids – What Are The Right
by: Sarah Veda
If your baby is ready to start on solid foods, you might be a bit confused
as to which foods are best. There are a wide variety of foods that can
be good starter foods. Here are some ideas to help you get going.
Rice, Mixed Grain or Oat Cereal
This is the typical baby cereal that you mix with formula or breast
milk. This is a good starter food because it is easily tolerated and you
can make it as thin as you like for those first meals. Start with just
about a tablespoon of the cereal.
Mild yellow vegetables like squash, carrots and sweet potatoes are good
starters, too. They are easy on the stomach and babies usually love the
Many babies love plain, unsweetened yogurt, and it is a very healthy
first food. If your baby doesn’t like it, try yogurt with the fruit on
the bottom, but check labels, and buy yogurt with low sugar content. Very
often the grocery store brand will be lower in sugar than the national
Applesauce, bananas, peaches and pears are all good choices, and babies
These are some of the best foods to offer first. Many pediatricians
recommend offering vegetables, cereals and unsweetened yogurt first and
adding fruits and sweetened yogurt a bit later. This is based on the theory
that saving sweeter foods for later discourages the development of a sweet
Be certain that you introduce only one new food at a time, and wait
a week before introducing something new. This will let you determine if
there is any food that your child is allergic to or does not tolerate well.
Once you have introduced the foods above successfully, you can add other
vegetables, like green beans and peas, and meat. It is usually recommended
that you wait until your baby is older to introduce spinach and broccoli.
Beware trying to approach those first few solid meals when your baby
is really hungry – he is likely to rebel. Give him just a little breast
milk or formula, and he is likely to be much more patient with the process.
Don’t expect much those first few feedings. Your baby will wear more than
he will eat for some time. But, it will get better – and these first few
meals are more about learning the skill than actual nutrition, anyway!
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl.
She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up
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