~ Younger Babies
You and your baby are both experienced at mealtimes by now, and your
pediatrician is monitoring your baby's growth. Babies grow at a rapid
rate and are often genuinely hungry.
Take your cues from your baby as her needs for nourishment may change.
You may see a more predictable mealtime schedule begin to emerge during
these months. Look forward to a more settled time with your new baby!
Many babies will begin to eat solid food during this time. Your pediatrician
should be your guide as to when, what kind, and how much.
Babies begin to eat solid foods one at a time. Most begin with cereal
and then fruit. Introduce one food and wait several days before introducing
another so that any reactions can be noted.
Eating a cereal or pureed fruit is different from having formula or
breast milk. Your baby has to learn how to learn the "art of
eating." At first, more food will be on her than in her, as she
rolls it on her tongue and maybe even spits it out. Be patient and
have a sponge and camera ready!
Babies eating their first solids enjoy a time to explore as well as
eat. Your baby will need to touch her food and spread it around a
bit. Eventually she will get used to swallowing and will know what
she likes and what she doesn't. With a little practice mealtimes will
be enjoyable for both of you.