Ready to introduce new foods, flavors and textures to your little one? Are they showing signs of readiness? Congratulations! It might be time to start your baby on solids.
But with all the conflicting advice out there, it can also feel overwhelming and uncertain. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to give you the tips, tricks, and recipes you need for introducing solids to babies.
Research says that when it comes to introducing solids to your little one, 4-6 months is the ideal age. Developmental readiness signs differ for each child, to see if your child is ready to begin eating solids, check out our blog post - Feeding Baby: The New Guide to Introducing Solids.
When you’re ready to begin introducing solids to your little one, it should only be as a complement to breastmilk or formula, not as a replacement. Breastmilk or formula should act as their primary source of nutrients and calories through their first year.
Now that we’ve got these basics out of the way, let’s dive deeper.
There are different foods and methods parents can easily use to start introducing their children to solids. Here are some of our favorites!
Spoon-feeding purees is one of the most common ways to start introducing solids. This is often followed by more lumpy mixtures and softer solids.
There is also no evidence that solids should be introduced in a specific order, such as vegetables before fruits. Instead, just focus on introducing a variety of new flavors and textures to add nutrient diversity into their diet.
Looking for some delicious new recipes to try? Here are some nutrient-filled, delicious favorites:
4-6 months is the critical window to start introducing infants to potentially allergenic foods along with other complementary foods.
Introducing common allergens regularly, like peanuts, egg, cow milk products, tree nuts, wheat, crustacean shellfish, fish, and soy, ensures diet diversity and thriving tummies for your little ones as they grow.
Making early allergen feeding easy, consistent, and safe, SpoonfulONE eliminates the fear, confusion, and guesswork out of introducing a new food allergen. In each product, we offer precisely portioned amounts of the 9 most common allergens in one easy-to-eat serving. Want to skip the kitchen and cooking hassle? Here are some of our favorite products:
As your child gets used to purees and shows excitement for trying new and diverse foods, finger foods can be introduced. Signs of readiness for finger foods include your baby bringing their hands to their mouth and showing interest in what you eat.
Choose soft foods your baby can mash with their gums or tongue, like chopped-up fruits, pasta or cheese. As your baby gets used to feeding themselves, you can try foods with firmer textures.
Here are some of our favorite finger foods recipes:
Also, keeping up allergen feeding and diet diversity during this time is just as important in helping your child become an adventurous eater. An easy way to maintain allergen introduction is with SpoonfulONE Puffs, which are ideal for babies 6+ months who are accustomed to eating solid foods.
Here's a rundown of all our favorite tips to help guide you on your baby's feeding journey.
The most important thing to remember when introducing solids is that it is going to take time! Your child will not like everything and will have good and bad days.
That’s okay! Babies can reject a food fifty times before they accept and like it! All that is important is that you keep experimenting and trying to introduce new foods.
And that’s why at SpoonfulONE, we want to make it easier than ever for parents to feed food allergens to their little ones.