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For When Your Child Is Ready To Eat A Solid Meal

Posted Jun 12 2010 3:30am

Approximately age six months your baby will be ready to eat solid food.  This is when your baby's mouth has changes and it will now be able to manage swallowing the food.  Another good way to tell if your baby is ready is when your baby has reached double its birth weight.  If you feed your baby solid food prior to this then your baby may have a hard time to digest the food.

You will need a few things before you start feeding your baby solid food like bibs, a bowl and spoon that is not breakable, and a food processor will come in handy.

The very first solid baby food to try is rice cereal, it is low in protein and will not be likly to cause any allergic reaction.  Mix the rice with breast milk or formula and mix it thin so it will be easy for your baby to swallow.  When you baby has gotten used to the rice cereal there are other cereals that you can try, then try mixing it with some vegetables.  Vegetables before the fruit because your baby may not like the vegetables after trying the fruit.

Any dairy produced from cows milk needs to be avoided until your baby is one year old.  After your baby has had cows milk for a month or more you can add other dairy products.  It would be best to gradually get your baby onto solid food, wait at least twenty four hours in between trying any other new food, this will give you some input so if there is an allergic reaction.

It is a great idea to let your baby be in charge when it comes to trying new foods.  Also remember that your baby may need a top up with a bottle, it will let you know.

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