The most common time that families start introducing solids to their babies is between 4 and 6 months of age. Of course you should check with your pediatrician but some of the most common signs to look for are:
Once you have checked with your doctor and determined that it is time to introduce solids – what should you choose as a first food?
There is a wealth of information on the subject. Current recommendations from Health Canada recommend starting with iron rich foods such as the iron fortified cereals or other iron rich foods such as meats and meat alternatives.
The next food in line for introduction is vegetables and then fruits. Sweet potatoes, squash and other sweet veggies were popular first foods at our recent Baby Basics group discussion on feeding your baby.
After 9 months of age dairy can be introduced such as yogurts and cheeses. Current recommendations are to start introducing texture to the foods and moving away from smooth purees around this time as well.
Most of the parents in our group said they had chosen first foods based on their own preferences and cultural influences. Many of the moms were interested in Baby Led Weaning and those who had tried it were avid proponents – although it is messy. No matter what you choose as the first food be sure to enjoy this special moment of bonding with your baby.
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