Creating Healthy Baby Foods

When the money is tight, you can always create your own baby food. Many infant foods found in stores are safe and convenient; however, many contain a lot of sugar, water and starch. The facts at home have lower amounts and are more natural.

Babies do not need to eat solid foods until they are 4 to 6 months old. Babies younger than 4 to 6 months of age have not learned to swallow. If given solid foods at any age before 4-6 months, they will most likely expel solid food due to the sucking reflex of the mouth. There is also the option of forcing the food down, however, if you are not careful, it can cause the baby to strangle or gag. Once your baby is between 4 and 6 months old, it will be much easier to feed them solids; However, make sure the food has small lumps and is light in texture.

The first foods for a baby have to be soft. Many health nutritionists suggest that infantile rice cereal filled with iron, mixed with a formula for babies or with breast milk, should be the baby’s first solid food. This is because rice has a much lower probability than other grain products to cause allergic reactions. You can use a food processor, mill, food mill or a basic mixer to make the food softer so it will be easier for the baby to consume. If all this sounds too long for you, you can always use a fork. If you are having a family meal and want to feed your baby, take out a portion of the baby food before adding any flavor to it (spices, condiments, salt and so on) in case allergies are present. After a month or more of solid foods, you can start feeding your baby small pieces of meat, fruit or vegetables.

How old should babies start eating solid foods?

When your baby is between 4 and 6 months old, you can give them cereal and rice mixed with formula milk or breast milk. When the baby is 7 months old, you can begin to give them small pieces of vegetables. At 8 months, small pieces of fruit are acceptable. At 10 months, you can start feeding small pieces of egg yolks and meats to the baby. When your baby is 10 months old or older, you can start giving them dairy products like yogurt or cheese