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August 7, 2017
Note to mamas reading this: the topic of when and what first foods you should feed your baby can be somewhat controversial. Before feeding your baby solids, be sure to do your own research and speak with your pediatrician. Remember to trust your instincts and do what you feel is best for your little one!
Typically, it is recommended to begin introducing solids to baby around 4 to 6 months of age if your baby is ready. Until then, there is no rush — breast milk provides all the necessary nutrition for him or her to grow and thrive! The child’s digestive system will not be ready for solid foods until this time frame, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be exclusively breastfed until six months of age.
There will be a few signs around 4-6 months letting you know that your child is ready to start on some solid foods:
This is also a prime timeframe for these foods to have minimal impact on allergies.
Many pediatricians recommend starting solids at about four to six months old, but never before the four-month old mark. Milk should still be the primary source of food at this time, but slowly introducing solids prepares baby for later in life.
Once you notice these signs and are ready to introduce baby to solids, you might wonder what foods to introduce them to first. A lot of moms recommend starting out with a good mix of mashed fruits and vegetables such as sweet potato, banana, blueberry mixtures, etc. You may want to try mixing a little cereal with baby’s breast milk to get them used to the heavier texture.
The Honest blog by Dr. Tanya Altmann, “Best First Foods for Baby According to a Pediatrician” is a great resource to reference for what your little one should chow down on first. Here are some of the best and most nutritious foods that Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician and mother herself, recommend.
Of course, the five foods above are only recommendations. There are plenty of other nutritious foods out there for your baby to try. Also, if you do not succeed with one food, do not hesitate to try it again later. Some of our favorite bloggers shared their babies' first experience with solids.
Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.