A transition from milk to solid food is a milestone in your child's life. No more purees or having to take the trouble of mashing every grain of rice before giving it to your baby. You can finally avoid having to clear up mashed carrots off the floor, as you are going to be introduced to the art of food being thrown at you, instead.
Since your baby is growing, they need nutrients that an adults consume on a daily basis. You need to add solid foods into their diet while ensuring that they might not choke on it. You can start your baby on solid foods at the age of 7 months or later, but it depends on the ability of your child to process the food.
Starting a solid diet to your baby's meals can be tricky, with a number of uncertainties lined up. Consult with your doctor for any queries that are bothering you. If you see that your baby is throwing tantrums and refusing to eat solid foods, do not force them. Let your child take the reins for this one. Forcing your child into solid foods will make them slower than necessarily.
The moment you introduce solid food into your child's diet, you should be on high alert. Look out for allergic reactions or rashes of any sorts. Make sure that you do not make these brutal mistakes while introducing solid foods into your child's diet.
1. Throw away food that has been kept open for 48 hours. Do not let your child put food that has fallen on the ground into their mouth. The five second rule does not apply here. Your baby's stomach is extremely fragile. Their immunity system is still in the making, so do not risk the chance of an illness.
If you have been making purees at home, stop right now. Homemade purees of carrots, spinach, beets, turnips or collard greens have high content of nitrates that could cause your baby's stomach to burn. Canned versions of the same vegetables are comparatively safer.
2. Avoid solid foods such as any kinds of nuts, seeds, raisins, hard candy, grapes, hard raw vegetables, popcorn, peanut butter, and hot dogs or chunks of meat. Your baby is prone to choking on these. Do not introduce these solid foods until after a certain age. Yes, these food items are extremely nutritious, but look for alternatives to supplement these nutrients until your child is old enough to eat them without choking on them.
3. Avoid using honey in any of your child's food. Wait until they turn one for their stomach to be able to process it. Adding honey can cause a botulism, which is a rare poisoning from the toxins released out of a bacteria.