Introducing Solid Food

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends breastfeeding baby (exclusively) until he reaches 6 months of age.

After 6 months, baby needs more nutrients and this is when most people start introducing solid food to their baby.

My daughter is turning 4 months on Friday so we are not there yet but I was talking to my mother this morning

and she suggested giving cereals to the baby – as I was telling her how frustrating her reflux was.

There seems to be a change of guidelines every year or so for baby care and I find it really hard to keep up.

I have been asking around and everybody seems to say the same things:

“It is best to start at 6 months but I started mine at x months of age for this particular reason (…)”.

She was prescribed Zantac, then Prevacid which don’t seem to make much difference and I was starting to think that thickening

her milk (with whatever would be good for her) would make a difference. But I guess I am going to have to wait a little longer.

Here is a list of signs that baby is ready for solid foods by BestStart.Org:

Your baby is ready to start eating solids when she:
-is six months old;
-holds her head up;
-sits up in a high chair;
-opens her mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon;
-turns her face away if she doesn’t want the food;
-closes her lips over the spoon; and
-keeps food in her mouth and swallows it instead of pushing it out.

Make sure your baby shows all of these signs of readiness before you start solid foods.
At first your baby may not accept new foods. If she shows you that she does not like the food by closing her mouth or turning her head away, stop feeding her that food. Try it again another day. Keep feeding time pleasant. If your baby feels pressured to eat, she may not want to try other new foods.

Each baby is different. Try not to compare your baby to other babies. Follow your baby’s signs of readiness for food. Talk to your health care provider to help you decide if your baby is ready.

Read more here: http://www.beststart.org/resources/nutrition/pdf/feeding_baby_rev2010.pdf

I would love to hear about your own experience in introducing solid food to your baby. When? How much? And where you live as there seem to be differences across countries/cultures.