Introducing solids to your baby is an exciting milestone for both parent and baby.
It is suggested that you should start your child on solids between 4 and 6 months old, however this is dependent on your bubba’s development.
Some signs to look out for if they are ready are:
- They are able to sit up and hold their head upright
- They show curiosity when you eat
- Swallow food rather than spit it back out
- Co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they are able to pick food up and put it in their mouth themselves.
Purees are a great way to introduce soft solids, not only does it take away the fear of baby choking, it allows flavours and textures to be explored freely. You can even sneak in a few veggies when mixing purees together and no one needs to know lol.
One thing we always suggest is trying bubba out on veggies first as they naturally like sweet flavours and will almost always choose sweet over savoury.
Another good thing to do is to combine both soft solid/semi solids or solid foods with breast feeding/formula as sometimes, we can be a bit unsure as to whether or not bubba has eaten enough. This also assures you that bubba is fully eating and exploring at the same time.
There is no wrong or right way when it comes to weaning, you do not need to rush this milestone, take your time and find ways which works for you and your family.
When dealing with solids it’s important to cut into small finger sized foods to start with – so literally the length of your index finger and cut thin, that way they have room to hold food in their hand and its thin enough that it can go down their air pipe, helping avoid chocking. This can be changed as they get older and turned into bite sized pieces.
Eat Well Bébé thrives off of providing families with home made purees, finger food and weaning accessories to ensure the weaning journey is made a bit more simple for parents. We stay away from all nasties. We even provide teething dummies which you can place food in :D Browse the rest of our website and see how we can help make things easer for you.