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Introducing foods at the right time

Introducing foods at the right time

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Breast milk remains your baby’s main source of nutrition till her initial year. When your baby starts eating solid foods, you might begin by adding a single grain cereal to her diet.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Follow the right process.

Keep in mind that the order in which you introduce different fruit and vegetable purees doesn’t matter. What is important is that you give only single ingredient foods first and wait about 3 days between each food to make sure your baby doesn’t have an allergic response to the food (such as diarrhoea, rash or vomitting).

Hunger and fullness cues.

You’ll be less likely to under- or over-feed your baby if you understand her hunger and fullness cues.

At the Sitter stage, you’ll know your baby is hungry when she:

  • shows excitement when food is presented
  • opens her mouth and leans towards the spoon

You’ll know your baby is full when she:

  • turns her head away from the nipple or spoon
  • becomes distracted or notices her surroundings more
  • rejects a familiar and liked food

Try, try, try again!

Though you may be tempted to give up if your baby rejects a food, hang in there. Research shows that it may take about 10 tries of a new food before she actually likes it. By introducing your baby to a wide variety of foods now and especially during the first two years, you increase the chances of your baby trying and accepting new foods later in childhood.

You need to understand how and when to introduce new foods to your baby’s diet. Follow the right steps and help your baby get used to the foods. While this will help you understand her food preferences and habits better, it will also ensure both her health and happiness.

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