Baby Josiah is turning 6 months old, and it’s time to start introducing solids. In this video, we share our baby’s first bite of solid foods, which was rice cereal mixed with breast milk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively until 6 months of age, and after that, you can begin to introduce solids in the form of baby food. This will allow for the baby to get better nutrition beyond what breast milk has to offer, in addition to preparing the baby for eventual weaning.
It is recommended to keep breastfeeding for as long as you want, with the ideal being at least one year, but two or more years is great!
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When introducing solids to the baby for the first time, you can generally start with any type of baby food you want. My pediatrician recommends starting with grains (rice cereal or oatmeal cereal), but some suggest that it doesn’t matter. If you do start with rice cereal, you’ll want to try other grains after that, as some research has shown rice cereal can contain higher levels of arsenic.
One school of thought says that you should start veggies before fruits so baby doesn’t dislike the taste of veggies. Some even say to start with meats (chicken or turkey baby food).
It’s best to stick with one new food every few days so you can evaluate whether that new food is causing any allergies or issues. You’ll want to watch for signs of fussiness, rashes, blood in stool, and so forth.
If everything looks good, you can introduce a new baby food every few days.
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