An Introduction To Solid Foods
Alex's pediatrician gave us some guidelines that I shared with one of my friends whose doctor is apparently very nonchalant about solids, and I thought I'd post them here in case there are other parents wondering what to do:
- Start with cereal - rice, oatmeal, barley. Feed 2-4 tablespoons of cereal mixed with milk 2 times per day.
- Next add fruit - apple sauce, bananas, peaches, pears, plums, prunes.
- Next vegetables - squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, then green vegetables.
- Feed cereal and half to three-quarters of a 4 oz. jar of a fruit or vegetable in the morning and afternoon/evening.
- Wait 2 to 3 days between new foods.
I basically followed our doctor's guidelines, but adjusted it to what felt right for us. For example, I had read that a new food should always be introduced in the morning so that you have all day to watch for signs of an allergic reaction. At first, I thought it was weird to feed Alex a vegetable in the morning, until I realized that he doesn't know any better.
I had also heard that vegetables should be introduced before fruit because babies can become used to the sweetness of fruit and consequently find vegetables unpalatable, but on the other hand, I had heard that the order in which foods are introduced doesn't matter. I compromised and started with a vegetable, and have alternated vegetables and fruit as the new food of the day.
I'll be posting more about feeding solids in the coming days, so if you have a specific question, please email me and I'll see what I can find out.