When to introduce new food?
Always keep in mind that breakfast and lunch are the best times to introduce new food. This is handy to remember as any allergy or food intolerance is harder to deal with at night. The last thing you want to do is staying awake all night long with the baby who is uncomfortable and unhappy. Moreover it is always easier to manage to see the Ped during the day. You know when the doctor is there!
Where/When/How should I feed?
If you baby is able to sit upright firmly, let him sit in his high chair with the safety strap locked. Therefore, he will get used to the high chair from the very young age. Knowing that this is where he has to eat he will instantly become disciplined during meal time. Some kids hate to eat in their high chair which sometimes could be the result of their parents failing to train their kids at a young age. It’s always good to start young! If your little one is still unstable, you should let him sit in your lap, with their head cradled in your arm but in a straight position to prevent from choking. An infant carrier can be used as well.
Never give food to your baby when laughing, crying or lying down. This could cause him to choke. When introducing a new food, always follow the four-day-rule to ensure your baby has no significant reaction, such as allergy or intolerance to new food. Never mix with another food if you have NOT introduced it before.
All vegetables should be peeled, steamed or cooked and pureed. Some soft fruits such as avocado, ripe banana and papaya are not necessarily needed to be cooked although other fruits should be peeled, cooked, pitted and finely mashed.
Never force your baby to eat! Every baby is different and unique. If he moves away his little head, the mouth shut or the food is spat, this probably means he is not ready for the new taste.
Don’t be a sad mama if the food you are introducing is NOT loved by the little guy. Some food will take you several attempts to be successfully eaten by him. You can always reintroduce when he is calm and giving you signals for food. He may eventually accept without showing you any rejections. After all, make sure you let your little one eat at their own pace.