When you’re a new parent, there’s a lot to learn about the first year of life—not just from your baby but also from other people. And one of the most important things you can do as a parent is feeding your little one healthy organic foods. This article will cover everything you need to know about babies’ first foods and what food is best in their first year and beyond.
When can I start feeding my baby solids?
You can begin feeding your baby solid foods around 6 months old. However, you should wait until your baby can sit up unassisted and hold their head up. Plus, you may also want to wait until they lose the tongue-thrust reflex (which helps them swallow) or show an interest in food. A common mistake is introducing solid food too soon. Infants younger than 4-5 months don’t have enough of the enzyme amylase, which breaks down starch into sugar for digestion, so it’s not helpful for them at this time.
Best foods for babies’ first foods
When your baby is ready for solid foods, you should start with organic fruits and vegetables. Babies can have pureed or mashed fruits and veggies mixed with breast milk or formula. It’s best to introduce one new food at a time. This way, if your baby has an allergic reaction to any of the foods, you will know which one caused it. Some typical baby’s first foods are:
Pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots and avocado. You should avoid giving your baby honey or corn syrup, which can cause an allergic reaction. If you have any questions, talk to your pediatrician.
How much food should I give my baby?
Start with a teaspoon and increase gradually. The amount of food depends on your baby’s age, but in general, for babies between 4 and 6 months old, feed them 1-2 teaspoons every 3 hours. For babies 6 to 9 months old, feed them 2-4 teaspoons every 3 hours; for babies 9 to 12 months old, give them 4-6 teaspoons every 3 hours.
Making your own organic purees as baby’s first foods
Making your own organic food puree is a great way to ensure that your baby eats healthy and nutritious food. It’s also a lot of fun! Some parents prefer to make their own purees because they know exactly what ingredients are going into them. Plus, it might even be cheaper than buying ready-made jarred foods.
How do I know if my baby has a food allergy?
Some babies develop food allergies or intolerances, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms. So, if you suspect your child has a food allergy or intolerance, you must visit your doctor for advice. The doctor can give you more information about the possible causes of your baby’s symptoms and help you determine what course of action is best for them.
Symptoms of a food allergy include:
- Skin rashes (eczema)
- Rash around the mouth or eyes
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea after eating certain foods
The symptoms associated with intolerances are similar but less severe than those found in an allergic reaction.
What should I avoid for babies’ first foods?
Peanuts, eggs, cow’s milk and other dairy products, fish, shellfish, soybeans and their derivative foods (such as tofu), tree nuts (such as almonds or cashews), seeds (such as sunflower seeds) are not recommended for babies until they are at least six months old. In addition, foods that are high in sugar or salt should also be avoided until your baby turns one year old.
Always remember to consult with your pediatrician before introducing any new foods
One thing to always keep in mind is that you should always consult with your pediatrician before introducing any new foods. There are so many things to consider when feeding a baby, and the most important is ensuring that he or she isn’t allergic to anything you’re about to give them. This can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time around! It’s also important not to try too many new foods at once; it’s all about finding what works for your baby and his/her specific body system.