Starting to feed your babies cereal is a huge milestone in their development process. But the most common question that I’ve been asked is when and how to giving babies cereal since their digestive system aren’t fully developed yet. So in this post, I’m going explain to you how and when can your babies eat solid foods.
The proper age for feeding your child solids is between the sixth and twelfth month. And your baby must develop the basic skills to eat.
When they are ready for cereal, they will show you signs that tell you that they want solid foods:
- They need to have a good head control and are able to sit upright.
- They must lose the reflex to push solid food out of their mouth. This reflex is necessary when they are first born but they should fade away as your baby starting to grow.
- He (or she) show interest in food. They begin to observe other adults eating, trying to reach for food, exciting when tasting new food, open their mouth when receiving food,…)
- They are able to chew and swallow (starting to grow teeth, chewing stuff)
- They become hungry even when being feed with 8 – 10 times of breast milk.
- Their weight is about twice their birth weight.
And do not solid feed your baby too soon. Because babies that had been giving solid food before the 4th month has a higher risk of becoming obese. And giving them solid food too soon could affect their development. Infants still need mother milk until they turn 1 to be fully developed. You should combine feed your babies cereal along with giving them milk or formula.
Before start feeding your babies with cereals, you should consider the ingredient inside them. Avoid products that could cause allergies. And you shouldn’t feed them large bite to avoid hiccups. Find out how to get rid of baby hiccups in our website.
Although there is no official recommendation but most people usually start feeding their child solids by giving them single-grain cereal mixed with veggies. Remember to introduce one food at a time and wait for 2-3 days for allergic signs. If your baby show signs like vomiting or diarrhea, you should have a talk with the baby doctor.
Add breast milk if you feeding your child with cereal. They will love it more and eat more.
And remember, breast milk or formula is still your child’s main source of nutrition in their first 12 months so don’t just rely on cereal or solids. And even when being fed with cereal, your baby still need the same amount of milk or formula.
You should feed your baby when he (or she) is having a good mood. Begin with a bottle of breast milk then start with the cereal to take advantage of the hunger. That way, your child won’t feel frustrated with the new type of food.
Make sure they sit upright, a feeding chair is the best for the job. While feeding, try to distract your babies by using a toy or goofing with them.