When it comes to introducing solid foods to your infant, solid is a term used loosely – literally. Make sure the foods have a thicker consistency than breast milk or formula, but aren’t too thick for the baby to digest or swallow. Because a baby’s pallet isn’t used to something so new, it is also very important to take your time when feeding your baby. Rushing through a feeding can create poor eating habits later in life. Make sure to set aside at least 20 minutes per feeding. Give your baby enough time in between bites – and follow his/her cues to know when that feeding is finished.
Not sure which foods are best to introduce first? Here’s a list of some tried and true options when going the “homemade” route.
1 – Acorn Squash
2 – Apples
3 – Peas
4 – Sweet Potatoes
5 – Bananas
Many people suggest introducing vegetables first so your baby doesn’t get too accustomed to the sweeter flavors. Also make sure to wait 3-4 days before introducing a new food – this is to make sure your baby does not have an allergic reaction to what he/she has eaten.
You’ve made your fresh baby food – and now you’re ready to serve and it’s too thin? Add a little rice cereal to thicken it up – and just like breast milk or formula – make sure the food is room temperature or slightly warm. What if it’s too thick? Add a little nursery water, breast milk or formula.
Keep in mind, that solid food eating is a new experience for both you and baby. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and be patient.