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Did you know that solids are “extras”?
As your baby transitions to solid foods, he’ll still get most of his nutrients from breast milk or formula. Think of solids not only as extra nutrition, but also as an opportunity for him to experience new textures and flavours, while practicing the oral motor skills necessary for spoon-feeding. If you’re formula feeding, consider switching at six months to a next stage formula, such as Enfamil A+® 2, that is designed to help nourish his growing brain and body. Enfamil A+ 2 has a nutritional blend that helps support strong bodies and bones in growing babies, age-appropriate levels of calcium and iron, and DHA, a type of Omega-3 fat that is a building block of the brain.
Is he ready?
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends starting solids when your baby is around 6 months old. Here are developmental cues: Can your baby hold his head up? Does he watch you eat or eye your food as it moves from your spoon to your mouth? If you answer yes, then he might be ready to try solids.
How often should I introduce new foods?
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends waiting a few days before introducing each new food so that if your baby has an adverse reaction (such as an upset tummy, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash), you can more easily pinpoint the culprit. An easy way to track is to keep a food diary, updated every time you add a new food. You can also use the diary to note what your baby likes and dislikes.
Concerned about choking hazards?
Your baby’s first “solids” will be nearly liquid, but as the weeks and months pass, you’ll start to offer him more chunky meals. To keep him from choking, avoid nuts, raw carrots, string cheese, popcorn, marshmallows, hard, sticky, or round candy, raisins and other small dried fruit, hot dogs and grapes (unless they’re seedless and cut into quarters). Also, always keep a watchful eye on your baby during meals, and don’t let him eat in a moving car.
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What to know about starting solids
As he starts solids, you need to ensure your baby is getting all the nutrients he needs.
01. Welcome
02. Table of Contents
03. At 6 months a lot has changed
04. 4 important nutrients
05. Brain growth
06. Why is DHA important now?
07. Developmental milestones
08. Stimulating milestones
09. What to know about starting solids
10. Feeding milestones
11. Introducing solid food