When are solid foods okay for infants?
I had created a monster.
Prior to this fascination with solid food, I had been giving him between 6 and 8 ounces of milk roughly every four to five hours. Recently, I had begun adding rice cereal to his bottles. He is a good eater. So when I saw him take an interest in food I began to think maybe it was time to try a little.
My babysitter had already suggested putting applesauce in his bottles. And I noticed that when she did, he seemed more satisfied.
But for everyone who says a hungry baby is indication that they need real food, there is another person who will tell you to wait until the baby is four to six months before giving them anything other than milk.
I consulted my doctor.
What I learned was that introducing food to babies is more about how much the baby weighs and their activity than some hard and fast age rule. For example, most babies are ready to eat solid food when they have doubled their body weight. For my son that means right about now. And yes, curiosity about food is also an indicator.
These days I’m taking it slow. I made my first batch of homemade baby food the other day – a cup of steamed carrots mixed with apple sauce in the food processor. My little one gobbled up a serving and was content. In between bottles I will either give him a serving of carrots or apple sauce. It’s awesome seeing him experience new tastes and textures. And it’s even better that his mood seems a little more peppy.
-- Nicole Hutcheson, new Times Mom and Deal Diva