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Baby Food: Introducing Solid Foods

March 2, 2021

Babies are introduced to solid food from month four on. The food is best introduced in stages.

Starter foods, also known as intro foods, are thin and soft; they are mostly purees. They enable the baby to transition smoothly from milk to solid foods.

Guidelines for introduction:

  • Introduce one meal (single ingredient only) at a time.
  • Serve the same meal for two to four days while observing baby’s reaction (watch for skin rashes, hard or loose stool).
  • Blend thoroughly to make a smooth runny paste for baby to feed easily.

These foods are mostly prepared by blending. Some examples include beans, carrots, peas, sweet potato, yams and squash for vegetables; apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, prunes, mango, peaches, papaya, pears, plums and prunes and pumpkin for fruits.

Note: your baby’s refusal to eat is not a sign that the food is bad. Babies can reject a new meal for a long time before accepting it. Continue feeding until your baby adapts to that particular meal.

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