It is gratifying when parents see how their small baby develops into a healthy, active infant. Good nourishment is essential for the healthy development and happiness of your newborn.
Babies usually put on an average of 0.5 – 1 kg a month for the first six months after they are born. After this period, a combination of both solid foods and milk is needed for the baby development.
Infants start to take things they can find and put into their mouths around 4 – 6 months old. This suggest that they are ready to try solid foods, in addition to the milk they are still drinking.
When your infant is prepared to try solid foods, it is best to use fresh ingredients to keep as much nutrients intact as possible.
Weaning Your Baby
Stage 1: Soft mashed foods or purees
When your infant is prepared to try solid foods, you can try mixing cereal like baby oats, millet, or well mashed food with the usual milk.
Besides that, you can add in puree cooked vegetables or fruit and start with a few teaspoons, during or after feeding milk once a day.
Over time, you can start to include solid foods before feeding milk and adjust the amount.
It can take some time before infants get used to solid foods. This do not reflect that the baby do not like the solid food but just require some time getting used to their tongues moving food to back of mouth and swallowing it.
Stage 2: Soft food with coarser textures
When your kid has got used to puree, you can give them coarser texture food. Most infants can handle soft foods by the 6th month. To let your baby practise chewing, you can give soft finger food like cooked vegetable sticks, soft fruit sticks. Do Not leave infant unattended when consuming such food.
At this period, infants are learning how to chew and move food around the mouth using the tongue. By giving food of different textures, your infant will learn how to eat them and repeated exposure may affect their preference for some food.
Stage 3: Chunkier food with different textures
Infants can start to eat cut food around 9th month. You can introduce a larger choice of foods which can also be harder like raw vegetable sticks. Using colourful bowls to eat, your infant will get more interested in eating the various type of food.
Around this time, infants start to recognize foods by taste and sight. It is recommended to have meals with your baby often as they will eat the food when they see you or other kids eating them reducing food fussiness.