Introduce complementary foods at 4-6 months of age
This is recommended time to introduce solid foods. But it's not just about age. Before weaning begins, baby should be able to sit (with support), turn their head away (head rotation), and chew. He must also reflexively make him spit out anything, including liquids.
Keep using breast milk or formula
Babies don't usually eat a lot of solid food right away. So, think of solid food as something you add to your baby's diet, not as a substitute for breast milk or formula. Remember that you are "adding" solid foods, not completely changing your baby's diet or cutting out cow's milk. This happens gradually.
Should I add cereal?
There is no hard and fast rule that solid food must be added, even grain-based solid food must be added. In fact, you don't have to start with cereal at all. But if you do, try single-grain cereals, such as iron-fortified (Fe) baby cereals, which also relieve noticeable food allergies, and try to avoid "blends" made from multiple grains. You can mix it with formula or breast milk so baby doesn't "feel" too much change, take it easy!
Eating solid foods takes practice
It may seem natural, but spoon-feeding is "new challenge" for your baby. So far, she has only been on a liquid diet. It will take practice for her to get used to spoon and feel of solid food in her mouth. So don't expect her to take a teaspoon or two at a time when you start. Instead of trying to get her to eat a certain amount of food, focus on getting her used to experience.
Start with fruits and vegetables, one at a time
Fruits, vegetables, grains, and even meat can be on your child's menu. You may need to inject them one at a time to see how your baby reacts to taste and texture and to make sure there are no allergies. If your child won't eat at first, try again. Babies have to refuse food at least 5-10 times on different occasions before you can really tell they don't like food. Let your pediatrician know if you think your child may have a food allergy to any new foods they try. Use soft baby food in jars or heat and/or soften food. Put enough on spoon so that it is easy for child to swallow. Don't force feed.
Avoid milk and honey
Most pediatricians say that cow's milk should only be offered to a baby after first birthday. This is because it does not meet nutritional standards of breast milk and does not have nutritional value of formula. Also, do not give honey to babies under 1 year old. This is due to possible risk of botulism, which child's developing immune system cannot handle.
Do not force feed
The child will tell you "next to do" after eating. He may slap his spoon, turn away, purse his lips, spit out whatever you put in his mouth, or cry. Don't make him overeat. Children eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Respecting these instincts can help them avoid overeating now and into adulthood.
What should I do if my child is picky about food?
Just because your child doesn't like new foods doesn't mean they're destined to be picky all time. Wait a few days and try again. again and again. Again, it may take several times before your child is ready to give peas a try. Remember that you are a role model, so your child may be more interested in food they see you eat and enjoy. But don't force your child to eat or fuss over new foods.
Learn to let him feed you
As your child grows, he will do his best to feed himself. Chances are a good bite is heading for his face, arms, hair, bib, clothes, or highchair tray, not to mention you or any surface within reach. Learning to eat solid food is a holistic tactile experience for babies. Put a pillow under his chair, cook something, dress appropriately and be patient - this stage won't last forever.
"Food eaten with hands"
At about 9 months, your baby will be able to take a small piece of food from soft table and eat it. You also need to spoon feed for a while, followed by formula or breast milk. Some great snacks include ripe banana chips, milk bars, etc., but try to avoid hazards like hard candy, potato chips, raw vegetables, grapes, etc.