Making a start on solids
At this time, you may notice that your infant is not satisfied with breast milk or infant formula alone, and shows physical signs such as the ability to sit upright with good head control, has doubled birth weight, opens mouth, makes chewing motions and has begun to move his/her tongue back and forth.
Pediatricians widely agree that the transition to simple foods is best done by introducing one food type at a time. Allow a gradual introduction to foods to notice any possible allergic reactions.
As a general rule, the sequence of food introduction is iron-fortified baby cereal followed by puréed vegetables & fruits and iron-rich meats.
Iron-fortified baby cereals are particularly good because they are also enriched with essential vitamins such as Vitamins B1, B2 and Niacin and minerals such as Calcium and Phosphorus, which allow for healthy growth and development during baby’s first year.
Offer a small amount initially, and choose a time of day when both you and your baby are relaxed. The moment your baby takes the first solid food is an exciting one, but be prepared for a mess!
Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t seem interested – try again another day. This is something completely new, so let your baby go at his/her own pace.