Homemade Recipes for 4-6 Months
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Read More About Baby Food for 4-6 Months
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting solids between four and six months of age. Although many parents wait until six months or later to begin a solid regimen, it is important to follow the cues of your baby and consult her pediatrician about the best time to start. Each child is unique and therefore has different nutritional needs.
Before beginning a solid food regimen, keep in mind that breast milk or formula should remain the primary nutrition source for the first year. In the beginning, solids are more about exploration than subsistence. Babies are introduced to new tastes and exciting textures all while honing tactile and social skills associated with mealtime.
It’s important to pay close attention to your baby’s cues before beginning a solid regimen, after she is at least four months old. Research shows that introducing solids any earlier could lead to food allergies, obesity and diabetes.
Your baby might be ready for solids if he/she
Sits up alone, without assistance
Consistently seems hungry after a full feeding
Shows interest in or grabs at your food
Can refuse food by turning head
Has outgrown reflex to spit out solid food
NurtureBaby recommends introducing one food at a time, waiting at least 3-4 days before introducing another food. Watch closely for adverse reactions such as excessive gas, diarrhea, vomiting or a rash. If there is a reaction, discontinue food and wait at least 2 more weeks before reintroducing the food.
Many experts recommend giving fortified baby cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water, as one of the first foods. For this reason, NurtureBaby encourages organic, store bought baby cereal, as opposed to homemade. Homemade baby cereal, as a “first” food, is difficult to digest, and is not fortified with iron. Once accustomed to cereal, babies can begin eating any of the recommended fruits or vegetables designated for 4-6 month olds, in no particular order.