Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Starting Solids

A mom asked me today for ideas about ways to get her baby to eat solids. There are many ways to get your kids started on solids.

4-6 months
It's helpful if you start putting your baby in the highchair during your meals, so they get accustomed to the mealtime routine. Give them a spoon and bowl to play with.

About 6 months
Once they are ready (use instinct, your doctor's advice and your baby's behaviour to decide when he/she is "ready), start with small, soft pieces of food on their high chair tray, or help put a spoon with food to their lips. If the spoon-feeding is a fight, maybe you've got a strong headed little one and they want to feed themselves.

ITS GOING TO BE MESSY, DEAL WITH IT! Get over the fear of it being a mess as that's going to be a problem for at least another year - put down a towel on the floor, feed them in their diaper only, and have clothes handy for clean up. Food should be fun, and that starts early.

6 Months and Beyond
The guidelines on what and when to feed your baby foods has changed recently, relaxing some of the previous "rules" of when to introduce foods. Talk with your doctor or check out reputable resources like Health Canada's website on infant nutrition (url below).

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