When to give babies solid food?

New moms are usually eager to give their babies solid food, they see this milestone as a major growth sign for their little ones. Therefore, they have many questions, such as: When to give babies solid food? Can starting solids be delayed? What are the healthy foods for babies during the first year? Find out in this article.

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Dana Hamwi
Published on:Mar 30th 2022 |Updated on:Feb 10th 2024
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When to give babies solid food? 

Solids can be introduced to infants at six months of age. It is essential not to delay introducing solid food more than that, to prevent the baby from having any nutritional deficiency, especially iron deficiency.

What are the best foods to start with?

These are the top solids I recommend new moms try with their babies first:

  • Baby rice and baby cereal can be mixed with breast milk or formula.
  • Ready-made baby food.
  • Boiled vegetables or fruit.
  • Fat-free fine minced red meats.

I highly recommend to moms introduce new foods to their babies four to five days apart. To monitor the baby’s reaction to new foods, and watch for signs like diarrhea, constipation, or vomiting.

Solid food to avoid with infants

To protect the baby’s health from any severe allergic reaction, I recommend avoiding these foods with infants.

  • Honey
  • Orange juice
  • Salt
  • Raw eggs or mayonnaise containing raw eggs
  • Sugar
  • Nuts
  • Coffee and tea
  • Sparkling water and sodas

Tips for moms when introducing solid food to a baby

  • Serve new foods every four to five days, to observe the baby’s reaction to new food.
  •  Mixing solid foods with breast milk or formulae, instead of juices or any strong flavors.
  • Washing fruits and vegetables very well before preparation.
  • Serving only pureed foods to avoid choking.
  • Avoid processed foods with unnatural ingredients.
  • Avoid allergens such as nuts, honey, and cow’s milk.

Also read How to calm your colicky baby

 

 

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Dana HamwiClinical Dietitian

Dr. Dana Al-Hamwi, a specialized nutritionist, received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Damascus and earned her master’s degree specializing in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Dr. Al-Hamwi is a member of many professional societies including the British Nutrition Society, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and Damascus Medicine Association. She is practicing at Dr. Dana Diet Center and Dubai London Clinic. With a reputation for results in a short time. She has a legacy of more than 1000 success stories from around the world. Dr. Dana believes that the proper nutrition is the key to overall health, this belief is what fuels her passion to helping others.

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