Dietary Changes for Babies

Baby FoodThe American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies remain on a liquid diet until they are six months old. There are signs to watch for that will let you know that your baby is ready for solid foods. If you baby has good head control, makes chewing motions and is able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow, and shows significant weight gain, he or she is probably ready for solids. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight, which may take place before or after their sixth month.

 

The first solid foods should be partly liquid, like rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. This type of mixture should be fed from a spoon, not from a bottle, since the solids will often clog the nipple. Don't be surprised if your baby pushes the food out with his tongue at first---this is a normal gag reflex that all babies have to help prevent them from choking while they are learning to suck and swallow. If you find she or he can't swallow the solid foods immediately, continue feeding her liquids and try the solids again another day.

 

From Your Health Baby by I am Your Child.

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