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Solid food for your Babies

Month 4, Week 2

The first time your child tries a solid diet it's a big deal! Get a camera and a video camera to record their comments and responses.

To prepare:

Choose a time when your child is happy and not too hungry, too tired or annoyed. Make sure you are not in a rush to enjoy the experience.

Choose a dish to present first. Feed him a few days before the next new meal to check for allergic reactions.

If you notice diarrhea, rash, or vomiting after introducing a new meal, stop offering and consult your pediatrician.

If you offer cereals, make sure they are made especially for children; they are enriched with specific nutrients that children of this age need

Your baby's development this week

At this point, your baby may be very interested in the food you eat! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for about six months only and notes that most infants are ready to start eating solid foods between the fourth and sixth months.

Here are some signs that your baby is ready:

They repeatedly lose the tongue press, which pushes the spoon out of their mouths.

They’re interested in what you eat: they make “ooh” sounds while watching you eat or try to get a fork or a slice of bread.

They can sit with good head control in a high chair, although they still need body support.

They can pull on the lower lip to remove food from the spoon.

You might be interested in:

What types of foods to list first. Single-grain cereals, such as rice, are a common base, but you don't have to start with them. You can try puree from any healthy meal, including meat, vegetables, or fruit.

Should you start with vegetables so your child learns they like them? There is no evidence to support this. Children naturally prefer sweets and that doesn't change the order in which you serve them food.

How long to continue breastfeeding. Even after starting with breast milk, breast milk or formula is the main source of nutrition for your baby during the first year. If possible, breastfeed for at least one year.

Can I add solids to the bottle? Learning to eat with a spoon and attend family meals is an important part of your child's development. If your baby has been diagnosed with reflux, your pediatrician can add cereal to the bottle.

Is your baby getting enough nutrients? If your baby is breastfeeding, you will need to supplement 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D during this time. Consult your pediatrician. Iron-rich foods are important because your child's iron reserves are now depleted. Sources include fortified cereals, meat, and spinach. Red meat, turkey and lentils add zinc to your baby's diet to boost the immune system.

Tips for 4th month, 2nd week

Don’t wait too long to start a solid meal. Although breastfeeding is only recommended for 6 months, when babies are six months older, they may become more decisive and reluctant to adopt new foods.

Your baby may need fiber in their diet to stay regular. Try prunes, pear juice or oatmeal.

Not all medications are safe during breastfeeding. Check with your pediatrician or call a poison tester to check everything you are taking, with or without a prescription.

Your baby will gain 1 to 1.5 pounds per month and gain about 2 to 3 inches over the next 3 months.

If you think your baby is hungry or has a weak appetite, see your pediatrician.

Your baby's teeth may grow, which can cause irritation. But cut teeth rarely cause a fever. If your child has a fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit, they are probably sick. See their doctor. Continue to support your child's development through conversation, colorful toys, and interaction. Remember: Limit alcohol during breastfeeding. Experts advise not to drink if you are breastfeeding. 

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