Whether you're making baby food recipes or using store-bought food, introducing solids is an exciting time for parents and babies. Your baby is about to eat food, one of the best parts of life (in my opinion!). But, launching your baby's eating career can seem a little daunting. When to start and what to start with and how to do it and what to remember — it can all feel overwhelming.
The good news is, parents have been introducing their babies to solids for millennia; yours will be fine! Begin between the ages of 4-6 months, when your baby can sit up with support and seems interested in the food you're eating. Beyond that, there are just a few things to remember. This list of guidelines from my new cookbook Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Meals for Your Baby & Toddler, spells out 10 rules that will help make your baby's transition to solids easier for her — and you.
10 Rules for Feeding Your Baby
This is just the beginning of your baby's eating adventure. Have fun, be patient, and enjoy your little one's (often hilarious!) reactions to the new flavors she's experiencing for the first time.
Jenna Helwig is the food editor at Parents and author of the new cookbook Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Meals for Your Baby and Toddler. She prepared apple puree for her daughter's first bite of solids and still remembers the look of wonder on her baby's face. Follow Jenna on Twitter.
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