When Your Baby is Ready to Eat Solid Food

By: Mark Patterson


Your baby will be ready to eat solid food around the age of six months. This is because around the age of six months is when your child's mouth will change to cope with swallowing solid food. It is also a good time to start feeding your baby solid food when they have reached double birth weight. Before this your baby's digestive system had not been ready to digest the solid food.

Before you start feeding your baby solid food you first need to have many bibs, bowls and spoons that are not breakable, and a food processor.

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 made from cows milk needs to be avoided until your baby is one year old. When your baby has had cows milk for more then a month you could try 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 good 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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