First stage on feeding At this stage, most nutrition will still come from breast milk or formula. But as a rule of thumb, most babies are ready for solid foods at about four to six months. Your baby is ready for solids when: He can sit with your support He can hold his head up and turn his head away when he's full He can take food from a spoon and learn to swallow *When introducing solids, start with single-ingredient foods first to check for allergies. starting with a single- grain cereal, like Beech-Nut ® Rice Cereal, because it’s easier for babies to digest.
Meal for stage one Morning Prepared cereal (¼ cup) Fruit (1-½ to 2-½ ounces) Mid-Day Meat (1 to 1-½ ounces) Vegetable (1-½ to 2-½ ounces) Evening Prepared cereal (¼ cup)
Stage two New Varieties and Flavors starts at about 6 months. Your baby is going to want to eat more and have combination foods Most of the nutrition still comes from the breast milk or formula. They will want to eat more and try new thing its very normal for them to want what you have.
Meal for stage two Morning Prepared cereal (½ cup) Fruit (2 ounces) Mid-Day Meat (1 to 1-½ ounces) Vegetable (2 to 4 ounces) Fruit (2 ounces) Mid Afternoon Fruit (2 ounces) Evening Dinner (4 ounces) Fruit (2 ounces)
Stage Three Baby’s appetite grows, solid foods are becoming a larger part of his diet, though breast milk or formula is still providing about 60 percent of his nutrition at this stage. At this point, his most important nutritional need is still iron. Try iron-fortified Beech-Nut® Stage 3® foods like Oatmeal & Pears with Cinnamon, and Rice Cereal & Pears. You can also keep feeding him iron- fortified Beech-Nut cereals.
Meal for stage three Morning Prepared cereal (1/2 cup) Fruit (6 ounces) Mid-Day Meat (2-½ ounces) Vegetable (4 to 6 ounces) Fruit (4 to 6 ounces) Evening Dinner (6 ounces) Fruit ( 4 to 6 ounces)
Avoiding food Allergies Talk with her doctor. He might suggest a food diary to help identify the cause or a change in baby formula, and he might refer you to an allergist or pediatric gastroenterologist. An allergist will ask detailed questions about your baby's symptoms. He may do an allergy skin test or a blood test to determine whether the symptoms are caused by an immune reaction. If the skin test produces a hive or the blood test shows that your baby has IGE antibodies to the food, there's a chance she's allergic to that specific food.
Avoid Foods “STAY AWAY” Babies as young as 7 to 8 months old are being introduced to adult sweets, such as candy and soda, and some babies at 7 to 8 months old are being introduced to adult salty snacks such as chips. After your baby is 1 year old, you can introduce her to whole cow’s milk. Reduced-fat and fat-free milk aren’t usually recommended because little ones need the extra fat in whole milk to provide energy for their growing bodies until age 2 years Babies who consume too much juice may not consume enough breastmilk, formula, or healthy solid foods, leading to a decrease in nutrient intake. In addition, some children consuming excessive amounts of juice may experience stomach pain or diarrhea. Choking Hazards Raisins and whole grapes Popcorn, nuts, and seeds Hot dogs, chunks of meat or poultry Spoonfuls of peanut butter Hard, raw, or chunky fruits and vegetables such as whole peas, raw carrots, bell peppers, apples, unripe peaches, pears, or plums Gum, chewy or hard candy
Heating and Reheating When heating baby food, you need to ensure that it is piping hot throughout. Don't be tempted to just partially warm the food, so that your baby will be able to eat it immediately - it needs to be thoroughly heated in order to destroy any bacteria that may be present. You should then set is aside and allow it to cool to a comfortable serving temperature. No - heating baby food for a second time could be harmful and may lead to food poisoning. Always throw away any leftovers at the end of each meal. It is safe to thaw frozen food (like meat) - cook it for your baby - prepare a meal - cool the meal - freeze it and then - thaw and reheat it at a future date.
Suggestion? Earth Best Organic say, baby should only be able to eat solid after 4 month because after it develops an tolerance. Beech Nut feed your baby the same way you do in stage one and don’t worry if they don’t want to eat try again later! Gerber tell us to stay with the same kind of food and brand you were giving your baby in the beginning.