Babies all start out on breast milk or formula because both are easily digestible and provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to develop and grow. However, as your baby gets older, you’ll be able to start introducing solid foods into their diet, exposing them to different tastes and textures.
Numerous studies have shown that exposing your baby to a variety of new tastes and textures can help reduce the chances of your baby developing picky eating habits. Babies naturally gravitate towards sweeter fruits as opposed to bland/bitter vegetables but it’s important to expose your baby to different flavors.
Each baby is different, so it’s important to talk to your pediatrician to see if your baby is developmentally ready to start eating solid foods. However, here are some of the signs your baby may be ready for solids:
In this stage, parents can begin to introduce fruit and veggie purees in addition to breastmilk, formula, or rice formulas. This stage is primarily intended to help start your baby on a new variety of foods, detect allergies, and assess how your baby’s digestive system handles solids.
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In stage 2, you will be able to feed your baby solids with a thicker consistency. Stage 2 is intended to add different textures to your baby’s diet. At this stage, your baby will be able to use a spoon with more control.
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In this stage, you will be able to feed your baby softer, chewable chunks of finger foods. Common finger foods include shredded meat, well-cooked veggies, and mashed up fruit chunks. At this stage, your baby will be able to hold small chunks of food between their fingers.
Pediatricians recommend trying one new solid food at a time for about 4-5 days. The slow introduction will give you the opportunity to see if they have any allergies to certain foods. The most common allergies in children are soybeans, eggs, fish, nuts, and gluten.
Here are some additional solid food prepping tips from the CDC: