How do I transition my baby to solid foods?
Sometimes it helps to begin and end baby’s meal with breast milk or formula while they are transitioning to solid foods, so they do not become too frustrated when they are hungry. Alternating between the bottle and spoon can help baby connect the idea of spoon feeding with the comfort of nursing. Remember: while it’s okay to continue breast milk or formula, baby should not have any cow’s milk until they are 12 months old.
What types of food can I give baby once they have transitioned to table food?
Give baby a variety of foods. Different textures and shapes should be provided. A few suggestions for food to give to baby include:
- sweet potatoes
- green beans
- well-cooked pasta
- soft fruits
Parents should avoid giving baby foods that are heavily salted, buttered, or sweetened.
Is there anything I should not do when starting to give baby solid food?
Do not feed baby solids from a bottle unless their healthcare provider suggests otherwise. This can drastically increase the amount of food baby eats at each feeding and cause gagging. Learning how to sit up, learn to use utensils, and rest in between bites are good feeding habits to develop.
Want more information about starting baby on solid foods? Check our blog post on introducing solid foods.
What are the symptoms of food allergies?
Skin problems such as rashes, hives, or swelling; stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; and breathing problems are all symptoms of food allergies. Other signs include pale skin or light-headedness.
What should I do if I think my child has food allergies?
Talk to your child’s healthcare provider. They might recommend allergy testing via a skin prick or blood test or trying a special diet to help determine which food is causing the allergies.
If they do have a food allergy, keep your child away from foods containing these ingredients. Make sure to inform your child’s school and any caretakers about their allergies or medicines recommended by your child’s healthcare professional to relieve symptoms.
What are some common food allergies?
Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat cause 90% of food allergies. Introducing one new food every four days can help determine if a certain food is causing an allergic reaction.
For more information on food allergy trends, read our post on the rise of food allergies.