Introducing solid food to your baby
When your baby reaches 4 to 6 months of age, you will often realise that he/she no longer feels full on breast or formula milk alone. Once your baby can hold his/her head up in a high chair or while sitting on your lap, and starts opening his/her mouth when food comes his/her way you can slowly start to introduce and supplement with solid food.
Initially just give your baby a little taste on a spoon of the new foods. It is important that he/she slowly gets accustomed to spoon food and the taste of the new foods. You can choose to cook the food yourself or buy ready-made baby food. Irrespective of what you choose to do, it is a good idea to see that your baby’s first spoon foods are a little soft in consistency. Do continue breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby.
When you start giving your baby rice porridge or mashed potatoes, you can mix vegetables like carrots, corn broccoli, spinach or peas into them. Fruits, such as ripe apples and pears, peaches and bananas work well as early spoon food.
Check for allergic reaction
Wait for 3 days before you introduce new food. You should be able to tell within this period if your baby is going to react to the food.
How your baby's feeding habit progresses:
- At five months, your baby should be able to move the tongue to the back of his/her mouth and use the lips to eat from a spoon.
- At six months, your baby should be able to use his/her jaws to chew. As portions get bigger, the foods your baby can eat can become firmer in consistency
- At seven months most babies can sit up and be fed
- At eight months, your baby should be able to chew the food well. He/She can chew a little dry food mixing it with saliva, and little by little should be able to eat small pieces of bread or baby biscuit and soft, boiled vegetables. Perhaps by now your baby can use a pincer grip to hold, for example, a small piece of bread between his/her thumb and index finger. Your baby should also be able to drink from a cup. If the baby reaches out for your food, it is a good idea to let your child have a little taste.
- At nine to 12 months, you can usually share what the rest of the family is having with your baby who will now be able to chew and take a bite out of a piece of bread or biscuit. Your baby will need practice to get the spoon to his/her mouth but it is a good idea to let your baby have his/her own spoon (a plastic spoon would not hurt). In the months to come your baby will learn to eat with a spoon and to pick up food with a fork – almost without spilling.
Your baby’s motor skills development (5 to 7 months)
You will notice your baby becoming more active at this stage. She will roll around and reach for toys. Your baby will try to prop up on elbows when lying on her stomach. Next, she probably would want to get into a sitting position from lying on the tummy and sit alone briefly with support on her hands. At this stage, your baby would also love to bounce and clap and love to hear you sing. As the days progress, she will be able to support her weight on legs while holding on to you or a chair. These activities show your baby is all ready to explore and learn.
Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth*
This makes the ability of your child to move freely and learn through her own exploration and imagination very important. Play and movement helps to develop connections between the nerve cells and the brain. As these connections develop, your child’s fine and gross motor skills, concentration, language and social skills will also improve greatly.
Read more on the importance of movement and play
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