In­tro­duc­ing solid foods to baby

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNET -

HOWdo you go about in­tro­duc­ing solid food?

It’s a good idea to start in­tro­duc­ing solid food be­tween breast or bot­tle feeds.

About 20 min­utes af­ter your morn­ing milk feed is a great time be­cause you and your baby are both re­laxed and happy.

Re­mem­ber when you in­tro­duce solid foods that it shouldn’t be as a first meal; in­stead it’s about first tastes. Start with one tea­spoon once a day.

Your baby may not eat all of it at first as they ad­just. Let them take their time and have their stom­ach get used to the food. Slowly, over the fol­low­ing weeks, in­crease to two and then tree tea­spoons.

Things will go slowly and mess­ily to be­gin with as your baby learns how to eat.

You should get used to the idea of hav­ing a messy dining ex­pe­ri­ence for a while. Have bibs and wet cloths ready!

What foods should you in­tro­duce?

Par­ents of­ten also ask about what foods to in­tro­duce.

It’s a good idea to start with iron-rich food such as baby rice ce­real mixed with boiled wa­ter, for­mula or breast milk.

Make sure over the early weeks to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of cooked and pureed food to help your baby de­velop a taste for a wide range of food in­clud­ing meat, poul­try and veg­eta­bles.

Then move onto cooked or pureed fruits such as ap­ple, ripe ba­nana or av­o­cado.

It may take eight or 10 attempts to have your baby try a new food, so don’t give up.

If they refuse a cer­tain food, take a break for a bit and rein­tro­duce it a cou­ple of weeks later.

Are there any foods I should avoid?

Foods to avoid in­clude honey and cow’s milk, as your baby won’t be able to han­dle them un­til they’re older.

Honey can cause a rare but fa­tal dis­ease, while your baby’s kid­neys are not ready for cow’s milk yet.

Also avoid ad­ding salt, su­gar, mar­garine or but­ter. Let them en­joy the nat­u­ral taste of food.

If you have ques­tions about your child’s tran­si­tion to solid foods or any other con­cern with your baby or tod­dler’s devel­op­ment, come and visit aWide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice child health cen­tre at (Mar­garet Rose Cen­tre, 312 Bour­bong St, Bund­aberg/ The Vil­lage 34 Torquay Rd, Her­vey Bay / Bauer-Wiles Build­ing 167 Nep­tune St, Maryborough).

Al­ter­na­tively, call your lo­cal WBHHS child health team on: Bund­aberg – 4150 2700 Fraser Coast – 4122 8733 Childers – 4192 1133 Gin Gin – 4157 2222 Gayn­dah – 4161 3571 Mun­dub­bera – 4165 5222 Monto – 4166 9300 Biggenden – 41276400 Eidsvold – 41657100 Even if you just want to have a chat and are seek­ing a bit of re­as­sur­ance, the WBHHS child health team is here to help.

NEXTWEEK: What to do when your tod­dler has trou­ble mak­ing friends. Ref­er­ences: /smalltalk


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