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Starting solids – LittleOak's guide to bub’s first bites

Starting solids – LittleOak's guide to bub’s first bites

Introducing solids is an incredibly exciting time in your little one's development. But as a team of mums and dads, we know that watching them embark on their solid food journey can be equally as stressful. Let us lend a helpful hand as we share some little tips for bub’s first bites. The most important thing to remember is that this journey is entirely up to you and your family – after all, you know your child best. Of course, if you have any concerns about your little one's milestones, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.

Ideally, you should be starting solids at around 6-months as starting too early can lead to constipation. On the other hand, starting too late can make your bub more vulnerable to allergies. By waiting around 6 months and keeping an eye on your baby’s cues/ signs of readiness, you can ensure a smooth transition to solid foods.

What are the signs of readiness?

  • Your little one should have good neck and head control, able to sit upright when supported

  • Showing an interest in food (for example, they might be eyeing something on your plate. This is a good sign!)

  • Your little one will also open their mouth if you offer them food on a spoon

  • When your little one has lost their extrusion reflex (this is a natural reflex that pushes food out of their mouth. At 6 months, this is usually diminished)

Little tips for introducing solids

  • Remember that it may take some time for your little one to accept new foods. While they may refuse at first, all you need is a little time and patience.

  • Start slowly and keep an eye out for allergic reactions. You might consider introducing one new food at a time, waiting a few days before introducing something else

  • Offer your little one a variety of textures as foods are introduced – this could be mashed, smooth or in small pieces.

  • Try to make sure your bub isn’t too hungry, too full or distressed in anyway – it’s never easy feeding a bub who is upset.

  • We recommend iron fortified foods and vitamin C-rich fruit to aid in iron absorption (some suggestions include: leafy greens, eggs and plenty of fresh fruit).

Happy feeding and congrats on embarking on this new journey with your little one. As always, please reach out to our Careline if you need any support or have questions.

Day on a plate

Once you do start solids, it's important to focus on macronutrient balance. Clinical nutritionist, Emma Morris, says you should make sure your little one has a source of protein, a really good source of essential fats, a source of complex carbohydrates and some fruits and vegetables on their plate. 

 

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