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Let me just start out by saying that when I had Mckenna, I felt like I was completely starting over as a mom. Sure, I’d been through all of the baby things with Alea, but that felt like ages ago and I couldn’t quite remember all those little things like when certain milestones come, how long it takes for the umbilical cord to fall off, and when you should start solid foods. It was just all a distant memory and I found myself scrolling through Alea’s baby photos just to see when exactly she rolled over for the first time and when she took her first bite of baby cereal. (Those photos also made me wonder if I’m missing an entire bin of baby clothes somewhere because she was wearing some really cute outfits I have yet to find for Mckenna!)
Needless to say, I’ve taken it all in stride with Mckenna. There’s just something more relaxed about the second child and we’ve taken on a more “go with the flow” parenting style and it’s been so much nicer not to worry about what milestone she’s hitting and when. One milestone I was ridiculously excited for, though, was when we did start her on infant cereal. We decided to go with the Gerber Oatmeal with Gerber® Pure® Water and she took to it immediately and she’s been a fantastic little eater ever since!
Now trust me, I know not all babies take to solids right away and sometimes starting solids can be a little unnerving for first time parents. I totally get it. I was right there with ya when Alea was a baby! I thought I’d throw together a quick little tip sheet to share my tips and tricks to introducing solids to baby. I hope you find it helpful!
1. Start with Infant Cereal: There are many different kinds of infant cereal you can try with your baby. I chose to start with cereal because I knew it was a blander option, I could control the consistency of the cereal with Gerber® Pure® Water and I knew it worked well with Alea as well. We love the Gerber® Pure® Water because it’s specifically formulated for babies, it’s pure and simple and I know Nestlé has specific standards they follow to ensure its purity. You can also add a little expressed breastmilk or formula to the cereal as well if you choose.
2. Start out Thin: When you first start infant cereal you should make sure to start with a thinner consistency. It’ll be almost soupy or just slightly more thick than their formula or breastmilk. This makes the transition a little easier for them.
3. One Food at a Time: Food allergies are always a possibility, so keep this in mind. It’s important to try one food at a time for at least 3 days before switching to a new food. That way, if your baby has a reaction at all you’ll know which food was the culprit.
4. Keep Trying: If you notice that your baby isn’t so fond of a certain food or they keep turning their nose up at peas, try again! Sometimes it can take up to 10 days for a baby to decide they like something so it’s totally worth a shot. (And another… and another…!)
Mckenna is 11 months old now and loving all sorts of table foods now. She’s eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and she eats just about everything that we eat. I still choose to feed her infant cereal with Gerber® Pure® Water. And as a mama ya just can’t be too sure, ya know?
Just remember that meal time with baby should be fun and enjoyable for both parties, so don’t stress yourself out too much over it. It should be a fun, social, family-centered occasion! Sure, your baby can’t join in the conversation yet, but they’ll be able to soon enough!
What was your baby’s first solid food?
What tips do you have for new moms on introducing solid foods?