When Do Babies Eat Baby Food?
When do babies eat baby food? If that’s something you’re wondering about, then you are in the same boat as many other new parents.
Shoot, I didn’t know MY first time around as a Parent.
After all, you don’t want to try to feed your little one baby food too early, but at the same time, you don’t want to start too late since that means depriving them of the nutrition that they need to properly develop.
When babies are newborns the only food they should be getting is either breast milk or baby formula, or a combination of both.
But as your little one grow older and begins to develop they are going to need more than just a liquid diet.
That means they are going to have to start eating solid foods, but before you move on to solid foods baby food is an important stepping stone that you must utilize.
Baby food isn’t liquid, but it’s also not solid enough to wear it will be difficult for your little one to chew since they don’t have a lot of teeth yet.
It’s also liquid enough that they shouldn’t have a hard time swallowing it, which means fewer chances of choking.
The Advantages Of Feeding Your Little One Baby Food
There are many reasons why helping your little one to take the step of adding baby food to their diet is so important.
One of them that any parent will surely appreciate is the fact that when a baby starts to eat baby food they will feel full for a longer period of time.
This is good for a couple of reasons:
- They won’t need to be fed as frequently.
- They will start to sleep through the night more frequently.
That’s good news for any parent since sleep deprivation while getting up throughout the night with an infant is without a doubt one of the hardest parts of having a baby.
While getting more sleep is definitely a plus for any parent, the more important reason that your child needs to start eating baby food is that it will give him or her the nutrition that they need.
Breast milk and baby formula are ideal foods for newborns, but as a child grows up they are going to need more nutrition than they will get from a liquid diet.
That’s where baby food comes into the picture.
Baby food is just like adult food, but it is formulated to be as healthy and nutritious as possible, while also being processed so that it is easy for your baby to chew and swallow.
How Old Should Your Baby Be Before You Start To Give Them Baby Food?
While also children are different, most experts will agree that the majority of the will be ready for baby food by the time that they are between 4 and 6 months old.
What you have to do then, as a parent, is to start to experiment with your baby a little bit to see if they take to baby food and if they do so without having any type of digestive problems.
Start Things Out Slowly
While your baby will be ready for baby food by the time he or she is 4-6 months old, you still need to start things out slowly.
You need to remember that your baby has been on a liquid diet for their entire life up to that point, so whenever you start adding any type of solid food to the mix, including baby food, it’s a huge change for your baby.
So don’t start out by feeding them entire jars of baby food, even if they seem like they want to eat it.
Instead, do this:
Start out by giving them a bottle with a little less milk or formula than normal, then finish off their meal with a little bit of baby food.
Over time you can increase the amount of baby food that they get, as long as it is agreeing with their digestive system.
When you first start feeding your little one baby food make sure that you pay close attention to how they are handling the food.
It’s not uncommon for a baby to have constipation issues when they first start eating baby food, and if that happens then you need to help your baby by giving them more water as well as some prunes if necessary.
Make Sure That You Give Your Baby A Variety Of Different Foods
If you want to avoid dealing with a picky eater then you need to start things out on the right foot early.
If you only give your baby sweet tasting baby food, then that’s what they are going to grow accustomed to.
Then, when you offer them something like a vegetable, they are probably going to turn their little nose up at it. This is why it’s important to establish good eating habits from a young age.
There’s nothing wrong with giving your child sweet baby food like applesauce, as long as you are also giving them mixed vegetables and protein sources.
If your child refuses to eat anything but sweet baby food you shouldn’t try to force them. Instead, don’t offer them any other choices, and pretty soon they will get hungry and eat what you are offering to them.
The other big reason that you need to feed your baby a wide variety of different foods is to ensure that they are getting proper nutrition.
While applesauce is definitely good for you, it doesn’t provide total nutrition. To do that your baby is going to need different fruits, as well as vegetables, and protein sources.
One of the best ways to get your little one to eat a lot of different kinds of baby food is to offer them something like a mixed vegetable as a meal.
Then once they finish that you can offer them a special treat like applesauce or mixed fruit as a reward for eating their veggies.
Getting your baby to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet is easy, as long as you start early.
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Jeff & Yvette