By the time your baby is 4 – 6 months old he will have mastered quite a couple of skills and can be introduced to solids.
He will have steady head and neck control, push himself up on his arms and lift his head when lying flat on his back. These are all indications that you can introduce your baby to his first spoonful of baby cereal.
Is My Baby Ready To Eat?
Most babies develop quicker than others. Some babies may start sitting at 4 months while other babies only sit at 7 months. Don’t be concerned if your baby isn’t there yet, he will get there when he is ready. The best thing you can do is to motivate and support your baby in reaching his or her next milestones.
Remember it is recommended by pediatricians to give your baby breastmilk or formula until he or she is 6 months old as it contains all the nutrients that babies need for their entire first year. However, if you feel that you want to incorporate mealtime into your babies daily activities you don’t need to hold back on it. You as the mother will be able to tell when your baby is ready for solids.
Signs To Look Out For
There are specific signs to look out for before introducing your baby to solids. Your baby will show interest in eating or will observe while you are eating. Your baby will also try to grab the food out of your hands when you bring it closer to your face. Your baby will actually look hungry. Take note that giving your baby cereal is mostly for fun and not a replacement. Breastmilk or formula still remains the babies main source of food for the first year of his life.
Rice Or Oats Cereal
Cereal has traditionally been the first food to give to babies. The reason for this is that the cereal helps your baby to transition from breastmilk to solids. There are two types of cereals to choose from. You can either give your baby rice or oats cereal rice or oats cereal. Rice cereal are made from rice grains and have a more plain taste, and oats cereals are made out of oats and it has more flavour. Both cereals can be mixed with breasmilk, formula or water. “Me and my husband bought our daughter HIPP Oats cereal, and she loves it.” See below
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When your baby gets used to the idea of eating you can slowly incorporate delicious pureed fruit and veggies.
Breakfast or Dinner and How much
It is completely up to you as to when you want to give your baby his first spoonful of cereal. It can be in the morning or afternoon. Make sure that your baby is in a happy and responsive mood as this is something that you want your baby to enjoy. Also start with 2 – 4 spoons so that your baby can slowly get used to the new sensation in his mouth.
In the beginning he might make funny faces because of the strange taste and texture and he might even reject the food the first couple of times. If your baby doesn’t seem interested in eating the first time, just try again the next day until he gets used to the idea. After a couple of days or weeks you can feed your baby in the morning and afternoon and eventually three meals per day.
Babies are very clever and learn real quick. Your baby will show you if he or she is hungry for more baby food. Just remember to introduce healthy solids to your baby.