Tips on Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods

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No matter how much you have looked forward to feeding your baby solid foods, there is a good chance that you never expected it to be such a difficult task. This is the stage when parents begin the lifelong job of worrying about whether their child is eating too much or too little or eating well at all. Calm down! Babies may look all mute and helpless, but they are definitely crusaders when it comes to showing us how to feed them.

There are a few rules of thumb that will make feeding your baby a tad easier:

  1. Always serve food from a dish rather than the jar. This way, if your baby is only eating small amounts at a time, you won't be contaminating the jar with bacteria.
  2. Use a small, rubber tipped feeding spoon, and offer it less than half full to your baby.
  3. Initially, most babies find food more palpable when it is warm, and the microwave is a quick place to heat it. However, you have to stir it thoroughly to avoid any hot spots, and test it on your skin before giving it to your baby.
  4. When it is time to feed, make sure you have nothing else to do so you can maintain eye contact and lovingly encourage your baby as they eat. Use warm words, and allow them to hold something in their own hands. Not only does this encourage them to “feed” themselves and tune manipulative skills, but it will also keep them from unintentionally grabbing the spoon that you are using or knocking the food off the spoon altogether.
  5. Don't try to be perfect by using a different spoon for every dish.
  6. As you raise the spoon to your baby, allow the food to touch their lips first. This will prompt them to open up their mouth and actually participate in the feeding. When they open up, you can place the spoon in their mouth and rub the excess off using the roof of their mouth. In a short time, they will be closing their mouth on the spoon as they learn to eat correctly.

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23 comments

  1. Jill says:

    Lather babies face arms and neck with vaseline or coconut oil before feeding to make clean up smoothe

  2. Jill says:

    Lather babies face arms and neck

  3. Timothy says:

    Great info.. we love these

  4. Timothy says:

    Only 2 weeks and we can try food for the first time with Meeka

  5. Alanna says:

    I’m so excited for solids!

  6. Tangee says:

    good article.. first time feeding my baby bananas she ate several fingertips of it…2 weeks later can’t get her to open her mouth for any pureed food! i know she will try again though!

  7. i cant wait till she gets bigger and i can start giving her solids, great article

  8. EbyMom says:

    This will come handy as am warming up to start solids.thnx edf

  9. __jackie4 says:

    it is very helpful

  10. Holly says:

    thank you for this info

  11. amandamo2 says:

    Thank u this was helpful my daughter is learning to eat solids we’re both new to this

  12. Melody says:

    Just had our first solid food feeding! Very exciting! 🙂 Great tips here, I’ll definitely use them next time!

  13. Anastacia113 says:

    She loves green beans,and the bath that follows after she is all messy.

  14. Grace says:

    my baby cannot wait to start feeding real food

  15. I can’t wait to feed my baby!

  16. Angela says:

    My baby just spits the food right back out. She’s almost 6 months and she still doesn’t want cereal with breastmilk. It’s such a struggle. I am not giving up though. This is a good article. Thanks~

  17. Rachel says:

    My daughter is 5 months old and I feed her food in the morning and dinner time. When is a good time to start feeding her food at lunch time rather than a bottle?

  18. Leslie says:

    That’s how I’ve been feeding my baby, just didn’t know that’s why they made rubber spoons.

  19. mida says:

    how do you stored the home made food/

  20. Lisakat says:

    I started using Nurturme – organic, dried fruits and veggies. It has been great when I don’t have time to make my my own food because you just add breastmilk or formula and it’s ready.

  21. Tamara says:

    Always love making it fresh, she’s a picky one, but persistency pays off!

  22. I use the Baby Bullet and I love it, it has recipes and containers to store your homemade food. I buy organic is not that much expensive.

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