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Which solid foods and how much

Which solid foods and how much


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Finger foods

Some babies love trying new foods, while others are fussy eaters and not interested at all. Initially small amounts are recommended, so there is no need to prepare a wide variety of different foods or cook large quantities. Often a teaspoon or two is enough and even this may be spat out. Small quantities of cooked foods can be frozen in ice cube trays, stored in airtight plastic bags and thawed as needed.

Many parents start with rice cereal because it is convenient and easy to prepare in small quantities. It is also fairly bland and free of wheat and gluten, which may cause allergy problems for some babies. Baby rice cereal can be purchased from pharmacies, supermarkets or health food stores. It is mixed with cooled boiled water, breast milk or formula to make a soft porridge mixture (follow directions on the packet). Generally a couple of teaspoons of rice cereal can be mixed with about 15 to 30mls of expressed breast milk, cooled boiled water or prepared formula making the consistency reasonably sloppy. Some parents eventually add pureed pears or apples to the rice cereal for extra taste.

If giving other foods, these need to be mashed or puréed to get rid of lumps. You can do this with a fork, or you may prefer using a blender or a small hand-held mixer/grinder to make your baby's food texture smooth. Some suggestions include stewed apples or pears, mashed ripe banana or avocado, mashed potato, pumpkin or zucchini. You may choose alternatives to these.

In the beginning, avoid giving a mixture of different foods. Stay with one food for about 4 days (if your baby likes it and is eating it) to see if your baby shows any physical reactions. Going slowly also gives your baby time to get used to the different textures and tastes. If your baby does not like a certain food, try it again in a week or so and/or try an alternative food.

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