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If you’re a new mom, you may be wondering when exactly should you start to introduce other food options in your baby’s diet. It may seem hard at first to understand all the new concepts related to a newborn, however, it is not that difficult at all. Weaning is the process by which a baby is weaned off from a milkonly diet to introduce new foods and flavors. Weaning is a timely and step-wise transition from liquid to semi-liquid to solid foods. Introducing new foods ensures that your baby is receiving all the necessary nutrients for optimal growth and development. There are 3 stages of weaning, namely stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3.
This article describes stage 1 of weaning and provides practical ideas to help you feed your baby correctly. The first stage of weaning begins at around 4 months of age and lasts until the 6 th month. During this period, a baby learns how to get used to foods that have more texture. A baby may refuse new foods. This is completely normal. Do not force your baby to feed on new foods if he refuses to. Instead, wait for 5 to 7 days and reintroduce the same foods. This will slowly help him adapt to new tastes and textures. Some great starting foods include smooth baby rice or porridge, vegetables, and fruit purées. You can try vegetable purées made from carrots, squash, broccoli, and cauliflower.
You may also add pureed chicken and fish. Make sure to remove all the bones and blend animal proteins correctly. Do not add salt, sugar, gravies, sauces, or stock cubes to the foods. Your baby’s stools will change in color and consistency as you initiate different foods. You should not worry as this is completely normal. At the end of the first stage, your baby should be able to take foods from a spoon and shift food from the front of the mouth to the back of the mouth for swallowing.