Time flies. Valerie has turned 6 months old. I have been eager to let her try solid food, but of cos I have to do it slower. Not to introduce too many different food at the start as her digestive system is not yet able to cope efficiently. Also they might not be interested in that first spoonful.
Their first food has to be pureed, in order not to choke on anything. Still continue to give the baby milk as its their comfort food. Remember not to force them if they doesn't like it. Offer small amount on spoon, maybe after having her usual milk feed.
Slowly introduce new food 5 to 6 days. And remember, baby DON'T NEED ANY SALT or SUGAR added to their food. It's ok for the food to be bland.
1 tsp of fruit per day, gradually increased to 1/4 to 1/2 cup in 2 or 3 feedings
1 tsp vegetables, gradually increased to 1/4 to 1/2 cup in 2 or 3 feedings
3 to 9 tbp cereal, in 2 to 3 feedings
- able to sit well
- starting to crawl
- make chewing motions
- shows interest in food
- can move food from front to back of mouth
- doubles the birth weight (for the remaining 1 year, they gain about 400g of weight every month)
Things to do and take note:
- if baby still can't sit on their own
- Doesn't respond to noises or smiles
- Doesn't reach for objects
- Cant hold her head steadily
Foods preparations to take note:
- No need of sugar, salt of seasonings for your baby's diet
- Fruits should be completely free of peelings and seeds
- Never use HONEY to sweeten food before the age of 3. (Honey is a proven source of the bacteria and has led to botulism in infants. Infant botulism can cause muscle weakness, with signs like poor sucking, a weak cry, constipation, etc.)
- Introduce eggs only after 9months. Just the yolk below 1 year old. Egg white is more likely than the yolk to trigger an allergic reaction, which can sometimes be severe.
Check out for allergies. (To check for allergies, give the same food for at least 3 days)
- Refrain from giving your child peanut butter, due to danger allergic reactions to nuts which can be fetal!
- Bananas should be completely ripe before feeding.
Common Foods that cause Allergies:
- Peanuts, nuts (cashew, hazelnuts, etc)
- Fish, shellfish, prawns, seafood
Signs and symptoms of food allergies:
- red itchy rash around mouth or body
- mildly swollen lips, tongue and face
- swollen red watery eyes
- sneezing, runny nose, cough
- colicky tummy pain