Having a baby is the most wonderful feeling for the parents. There are few things in our life which can’t be measured in words. One such wonderful feeling is the birth of a child. But however wonderful and mesmerizing this feeling might be, how much love it might evoke, the real task begins when we need to take care of a newborn round the clock. One needs to come to terms with the baby’s needs. It requires patient understanding why the baby is crying, when is it hungry, when is he sleepy or when he needs to be played with or comforted. It is a whole new level of bonding with the child, understanding unspoken words, and actions. To take proper care of your baby is really a daunting task. And developing proper food habits is the most difficult part of this new process of being responsible for a new life. Though a baby initially starts with breast milk or baby food for the first few months, the transition from liquid to semi solid or solid food is slightly difficult. Especially introducing them to solid foods requires real conviction and understanding of a whole lot of facts. Letting the baby adapt to the foods and creating a habit about the right food is also very important. Creating the initial habit not only requires a perfect understanding of the baby’s needs but it also dwells upon the fact that it is sensitive to certain foods and their sources and what is good for the baby as there should be the basic compatibility so that there is no case of any reaction towards the food item. There are quite a few medically esteemed institutions who have released a lot of articles and discussions through their forum about the dos and don’ts about introducing a baby to solid food. It also takes care of the timeline so as to when the baby can actually be benefitted from the foods it consumes without having any adverse effects.
According to most of the health organization, the baby should be having breast milk till 4 to 6 months, though we should look for the indications at a baby is ready to take solid food and its body accept the change. A few indications could about if the baby could sit upright with no drooping of the neck, or if any interest is shown towards food the parents are having. Even the tongue profile matters a lot, one should look for indications of the baby push the spoon out of their mouth. When these of the things occur we should judge that the baby is ready to have solid food and we should look for a proper routine to get started. Even one should pay proper heed towards the sleeping tendency of babies and if babies wake up more often at night with a wailing attitude, we should consider a change in food habits of our baby.
Generally, solid food for a baby should start with simple cereals and grains like rice when the baby reaches around six months of age. But the baby needs to come to term with these foods smoothly; it can’t be given as a whole. The food should be mashed enough to be made into a puree so that the baby has no problem in swallowing it or digesting it. But again, feeding this puree to the baby is no easy task. He needs to come to terms with swallowing semi solid food. Initially, he might throw up, turn away his face, or try throwing away the bowl itself to avoid eating. But we need to diligently stick to the routine to get the baby adjusted to this new routine. The regime should be maintained for at least 2-3 days, before moving on to the next course. This should be done to take care of any reaction towards the food intake capabilities of the baby. Also, we should look for any sign of food poisoning tendencies, and any adverse reaction towards the food intake. The babies are quite sensitive to any regime change and their body shows a lot of resistance towards the first intake of solid foods. If there is any occurrence of symptoms of diarrhea, or nausea or such things a child specialist should be contacted immediately.
Slowly and slowly, as the baby grows up, the food habit should be changed accordingly so as to provide him with proper nutrients for a healthy growth. Once he gets around 8-9 months old, we can try a little more than mashed food. One can move towards solid food as the baby keeps growing older. The food can be grated or made into small pieces and should be checked whether he can absorb the food. Also, the food given should be off enough nutrient value so as to compensate the lack of these essential requirements that the baby needs. Also, the food size should be quite accepted by the child as they tend to have their own choice of food. But choosing food types with essentially the sweet type or something as extreme as similar to it should be avoided with a little range of food of all types. Even the kids get addicted to the type of food they receive from their childhood and tend to develop a fondness for them even if they are not beneficial.
Along with the food habits, another most important aspect to consider is the timing of each eating spree. One should always maintain the proper timing and timeline of feeding the baby as they develop a sense of discipline with it. Also keeping a calm and quiet environment during these endeavors may lead to a long time effect as the baby could concentrate only on the food and not anything else like television or some loud music. With proper discipline from the parents regarding their babies could actually lead to a long term habit that the babies may adhere to and remain healthy. How to successfully start the solid food for babies though will be a topic that’s open to discussion but these all rules may help a lot.