Do you love buying baby milk bottles in Malaysia? Shopping for baby products is exciting and sweet, but you wouldn’t be able to do that in the long run. Soon, your newborn would grow up, and it would be time to introduce solid food.
Introducing solid food to your baby forms the foundation of lifelong eating habits. You will know that it’s time once he starts crawling and teething.
The most effective way to introduce solid food: The 3 stages of weaning
Stage 1 – 6 months to 7 months
You can feed him smooth purées. The first food items he must eat must be soft and easy to digest. Make sure that the texture of the food is close to milk, since this is the consistency your child is used to. Apart from purees, you can try rice cereal mixed with milk, or fruits and vegetables.
- Feeding your infant 1 to 2 teaspoons, 2 times a day. After 2 weeks, you can add a third feeding time.
- In the next few weeks, increase the purée’s thickness gradually.
- Don’t force your child into consuming a specific amount. Let him eat until he is full.
- Take note that food items with gluten, like rye, oats, barley and wheat, must be introduced at around 4 to 7 months.
Stage 2 – 7 months to 9 months
- Increase the amount of solid food by introducing sweet and savory food in a single sitting. You can do this by following a savory baby meal with something sweet such as mashed bananas.
- Encourage the child to begin chewing through the introduction of lumpy meals. At this point, your baby would enjoy eating finger food like peeled fruit slices, buttered toast and soft cooked veggies. Don’t leave your child alone while eating these kinds food.
- Feed the baby solid food 3 times each day. Then, breastfeed around 4 times, or give him around 600ml of formula milk.
Stage 3 – 9 months to 12 months
- The baby must be moving on to the usual family food meals which are minced or chopped.
- Encourage the child to drink from a sippy cup.
- At this point, your baby can already feed herself. Be prepared for messy meal times!
- Feed your child solid food 3 times day. You can complement this breastfeeding 3 times a day, or with around 600ml of formula milk.