Starting your baby on solids can be a very exciting time, your little one is ready to begin her relationship with food and you’re in the driver's seat for it. Most pediatricians now recommend starting babies on solids closer to the 6 month mark, but it’s best to get your pediatricians opinion first.
So how do you know if your baby is ready? Your baby is ready to try solids if they can sit up in the high chair and comfortably hold their head in the upright position, they look interested in solid foods when they see you eat, and can easily swallow.
If you’ve decided it's time to start them on solids, here are some helpful tips on what to start with:
- Baby cereal, such as oatmeal, rice, malto meal
- Egg yolk
- Sweet potato
- Green beans
- Butternut squash
- Yogurt (organic whole milk yogurt is best)
If you’re surprised to see EGG YOLK on this list, hear us out! It’s actually crucial to start introducing your baby to eggs early on because research shows that early intro can reduce the likelihood of them developing allergies. To prepare you can hard boil the egg, take the egg yolk and puree it with some butter or breast milk or formula.
Remember that solids are to be introduced in addition to their daily formula/breast milk intact, it should never replace it. Once they have their usual feed of milk, you can start introducing a few small teaspoons at a time. And remember to have fun, there’s nothing cuter than the faces they make when they first start solids.