A lot of first-time parents ask me when they should start feeding their babies some solid
foods. As a mother of four beautiful children, I can say that you can start feeding them
anywhere between 4-6 months, depending on whether or not they want to eat solid
My eldest daughter started eating solids at around 5 months but my youngest definitely
needed more time as he didn’t want to eat until 6 months or so.
One of the indicators that can help you know if they want to eat is if they are able to
support their heads and necks. Keep in mind that when you start feeding them solids,
babies tend to be messy, so you want to have some baby bibs ready to keep some of
the food off of the table or floors.
Given that your baby is ready to eat solid foods, the next question would be what foods
to give them? Ideally, you want to give them foods that are rich in carbohydrates,
calcium, iron, healthy fats, zinc, complete vitamin profile, protein, and minerals.
Always remember that even if your baby starts feeding on solid foods, you will still need
to give them breastmilk or formula milk to complement that.
Best Foods to Give Your Children
There are a lot of foods that you can start giving your 6-month-old baby, but a general
rule of thumb would be to make sure that you are not giving them anything that is too
sweet or one that is laden with salt as their bodies are still not primed to digest them
Anyway, here is a brief list of food options you can give:
Sweet potatoes, carrots, sweet pumpkin, squash, French beans, potatoes, and other vegetables that are considered finger foods
Before serving, you must steam the fruits and mash them afterward. You could also turn them into smooth puree as well. Anyway, the fruits that you can safely give to your baby include avocado, bananas, pear, apple,
peaches, and chikoo
Starchy carbs like rice can be a great source of energy for your baby. You can cook rice porridge by adding a little bit of your breastmilk into the mix.
You can boil a lot of different vegetables and the stock that it produces can be given to your baby. Just make sure that you are not serving it when it is too hot
Unsweetened yogurt can be given in small quantities as they are rich in calcium and good bacteria that help aid digestion
- Give one type of food for 3-5 days before changing to another one. This way, you
can tell if they are allergic to certain foods or not
- Consult with a pediatrician to help give you alternatives should your baby be
allergic to some foods
- Feed them breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and also add some breastmilk/formula
milk in between as well
- You’d want to give them ¼ or ½ spoon of food so that they can get the hang of it.
Gradually increase their food as they grow up.