Last Update: 29th January 2018
For the first four months, a baby should be fed with breast milk or formula milk. No solid food should be introduced to the baby have low levels of the enzymes that help with the digestion of starch. Introducing solid food at this age will pose a risk of sucking food into the airway. The solid food may also upset the stomach, and it also increases a baby’s risk of obesity.
The World Health Organization recommends mothers to exclusively breastfeed the baby for the child's first six months after birth.
You can introduce solid food to your baby when your baby is four months to six months old. Parents should look for sign of readiness before introducing solid food to the baby.
Signs of readiness include:
1. Your baby can keep his head in a steady, upright position.
2. Your baby is able to sit well upright in an infant feeding seat or highchair.
3. Your baby has lost extrusion reflex. With extrusion reflex, your baby will push solid food out of his mouth, feeding solid food, therefore, becomes impossible. The extrusion reflex is an instinct meant to protect baby from choking.
4. Your baby shows curiosity about food. Your baby may begin eyeing or reaching out for food. He may open his mouth if you offer him a spoonful.
Baby Food For 4 - 6 Months Old Baby
1. Rice cereal, barley cereal, oatmeal cereal.
2. Apple Puree, Avocado puree, pumpkin puree, banana, pear, carrot puree, mashed banana, sweet potato puree.
Baby Food For 7 Months Old Baby
1.Vegetable puree such as peas puree.
2.Fruit juice such as grape juice.
3.Meat puree such as chicken.
Baby Food For 8 - 10 Months Old Baby
1.Corn puree, carrot puree.
3.Fish Puree such as salmon puree.
Please refer to Baby Food Recipes For 8 Months to 10 Months Old Baby to see all baby food recipes
Baby Food For 10 Months to 12 Months Old Baby
Please refer to Baby Food Recipes For 10 Months to 12 Months Old Baby to see all baby food recipes
Babies need less than 1 gram of salt in a day in their first year. Do not add salt to the sold food. Too much salt is indeed harmful to your baby.
(b) Introducing new food
You should wait for 3 to 5 days before introducing a new food.
You should observe whether your baby shows any allergic reaction or other adverse reaction to the new food.