Introducing your baby to their first foods is exciting, nerve wrecking, and frightening. It is something new for mom and baby. So many questions arise like what to feed them, how much, when to feed them, and so many more. Feedings can be especially nerve racking as a first-time mom. Don't worry! We have all been first-time moms at some point.
Signs that your baby might be ready for solid foods:
It is best for you to consult with your pediatrician when you think that baby is ready for solids. You do not want to introduce more than two new foods a week to your baby, and you will want to make sure that you introduce food and feeding habits slow and steady. If baby doesn’t like it at first, don’t force it. You can usually tell if baby likes something, because he or she will open their mouth wanting more.
Some people recommend doing vegetables first. The thought behind that is that if you give a baby something sweet to begin with (i.e. prunes, apples), then s/he may never want to try those yummy green vegetables. Trust us, the battle never ends with those veggies.
Here are some common foods to start with:
You can follow our Ollie & Olina Pinterest board on Baby Food for more ideas and inspiration.
Eventually you'll be excited to introduce new foods to baby! The faces and noises they make are pretty funny. To top it off they keep opening their mouth wanting more and it can be such a rewarding job watching your baby grow up. The airplane Zooooommmmms into the door!!
Always make sure to consult your pediatrician about foods and feeding habits before you start. We are not doctors by any means, but you can find many great tools online for how much your baby should be eating, plus what they should be eating. There are certain foods to stay away from within the first year because of allergies, so make sure to know what those are. If you have any allergies in your family you'll need to be very careful about what you begin with and start to introduce. When you visit your doctor for the baby's six-month check-up the doctor will go over the next stages of eating and probably give you cheat-sheet or feeding chart as well.
Making Baby Food
Depending on many things, you can choose to make your own baby food or buy store-bought food. No matter what you decide you'll be doing what's best for you and your family. However, if you do plan on making your own baby food we highly recommend the Beaba Baby Cooker. It is a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster in one compact appliance. The Beaba makes it easy to take what the whole family is having for dinner and turning it into baby's meal too. The automatic shut-off is also good for forgetful (busy) mamas. We like to freeze baby food in ice cube trays or frozen jam jars. Freezing in small portions makes it easy to mix different veggies and fruits. Enjoy this next stage in baby's life!