Foodie Friday: Baby Food Basics

When you have a new baby, everyone from your grandmother to the lady behind you in the grocery store line has advice. As your baby starts to approach the half-year mark, often the advice will start to center on when and what to feed your baby. But how do you know when your baby is ready to eat solid foods?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are four signs that your little one is ready for solid foods:
  • She sits up with little support
  • He has good control of his head, and can hold his head up for a long time
  • She tries to grab food off your plate
  • If he’s not hungry, he’ll turn his had away from the bottle or breast

When your baby meets these milestones, start him off with simple foods, like pureed homemade vegetables, infant cereals or jarred baby foods. Experienced parents will tell you that it’s best to start with vegetables and cereals when the baby is hungry, and save the fruits for the end of the meal.

And here’s one last tip from the experts: a baby might have to try a new food 10 to 15 times over several months before she’ll eat it. So don’t give up after just a couple of tries.

For great homemade baby food ideas, read the full article from the American Academy of Pediatrics here, then browse our boards on Pinterest.


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