Solid Food for Babies: What and When

Today, I’m going to talk about solid food introduction and how to tell if your little is ready. One of the first ways to know is this: is she interested in what you’re doing with food? Is she grabbing at everything in sight? Our daughter is doing both, so we figured she was ready. Stick with us, we’re going to talk about some of the very first foods we gave her, and how to prepare them.

The big question is when do I introduce solid foods to my baby? First and foremost, that’s something you should probably talk with your pediatrician about. I mean, I think before you do anything new with the baby, talk to your pediatrician. However, do your research. Most things you’re going to read on the internet and in pamphlets are going to tell you right around six months is a safe time to start.

You don’t want to start too early because babies’ tummies may not be ready to deal with solid food. They’ve got to mature a little, although I’ve heard of babies starting solid foods as early as four months. So again, that’s where it’s going to be handy to talk with your pediatrician about what’s best in your particular circumstance. That being said, with both of my daughters, I started solid food right around six months. That’s when I noticed interest, so I knew it was a safe time and six months is a safe time per my pediatrician.

So, I’m holding my baby and eating food, and it goes like this. With each bite I put in my mouth, their mouth is kind of like “Heh. Heh.” When they start to notice that you’re doing something like eating and want to be a part of it, that’s a good time to think, “Okay, maybe we should start to introduce solid foods.” In the case of my youngest, when I’m in the kitchen preparing food and she’s in the living room sitting at her bouncer, and she knows I’m making food or if I give her sister a plate of food she will literally starts screeching at me and it’s not a distressed cry. It’s a, “Hey, I want in on that action.” Those are probably some pretty good signs. If they start grabbing at your fork while you’re eating or they’re watching you or they’re yelling at you while you’re making food, those are all good signs that they’re probably ready to start solid food.

Our first solid food was a pear. One of the main reasons pear was on the list of our starter foods is because it helps aid digestion and doesn’t cause constipation. Apples, you would think would be a great starter food. Apples are one of those foods that everybody is like, “Oh, start with apples or homemade applesauce.” It’s fun, but I learned apples actually can cause things to slow down in their little tummies and so that’s one of the reasons you start with pears. It helps move things along.

You want to peel it, chop it in four pieces and then core it. Make sure you get out all the seeds and then steam it until it’s soft. If you want the pear a little chunkier, you can do that or if you want to start with a true puree, go ahead and steam it all the way down until it’s really soft. Don’t throw away your pear water because another thing that we’re going to talk about today is using millet in lieu of rice cereal. You can use the water that you use to steam your pears to cut with the millet. Then you’re getting the nutrients from the steamed-down pear water. It’s like two birds with one stone. So yeah, that’s what we’re going to start with and I’m going to go ahead and get that all set up. We’ll be right back.

Okay, guys, the next thing I want to talk about on our solid-food introduction for babies is millet. It’s a grain, little, tiny, yellow, circular grain. It’s a gluten-free grain. I like it. I chose to go with millet because it’s gluten-free and it has more nutritional value than just plain white rice cereal. The other thing is I’ve noticed, at least with my first, was when I started introducing solid food, her little tummy had to figure out what to do with it. If you have a regular, every-day pooper, it’s probably going to slow that down and you may notice your baby is going to stop pooping everyday. That’s kind of scary when you’re Mama and your baby just stops pooping. That’s why I didn’t go with rice and decided to go with something like millet. It’s not quite as binding and it’s a little more nutritious.

However, I will tell you, whatever carb you decide to give your baby, do some research and then do what you’re most comfortable with. I like millet. You might not. There are other options. For the millet preparation, I have a Baby Bullet. It’s made by the Magic Bullet, and I love it. I have the Baby Bullet here, and this is the little container we’ll use. Notice the type of blade. It’s actually designed for grains and for breaking them down. You’re going to dump however much millet you want in there and push the button. Continue until you get a fine powder. [Watch my video. It will show you how to do it and what it’s going to look like.] Then you prepare it pretty much just like you would rice cereal. Like I mentioned a few minutes ago, if you save your pear water, then you can use that to cook your millet. That’s how I prepare millet.

Another food I want to talk about is avocados. I probably don’t need to convince many of you about the nutritional benefits of avocado because I think it’s pretty well known, but see for yourself. Google it if you’d like. Avocados are a pretty great thing to start with. I think that’s actually the first solid food I fed my oldest daughter. Actually, it’s the first thing my youngest had as well, just because it’s easy, it’s soft, it’s delicious, pretty full of nutrients and good fats. That’s another thing that you’ll want to consider as you start introducing solid foods. Make sure you have healthy fats for your baby.

The preparation for avocados is pretty simple. All you’re really going to do is chop it open, remove the seed, scoop out the contents, put it on a plate and mash it up. I added salt because I’m in the camp of “Why feed your baby boring food?” but you can do whatever you want. Both of my babies really liked avocados, which is awesome because when my oldest went through her picky-eating stage, I could always get her to eat an avocado. I didn’t feel so bad when I could get something green on her plate. Avocados, I’m a huge fan of avocados.

That’s it, guys. Thanks so much for tuning in and reading today. I’d also encourage you to check out our YouTube channel. We have almost 40 videos about mommy-hood and babies and all kinds of stuff relating to the journey of motherhood, or I should say parenthood in general. We’d love for you to check out our channel and subscribe. Click “Like” on our videos if you like them. We also have a Facebook page we’d love for you to check out and start joining in on conversations with us. I hope you guys are doing well. Best of luck with your first solid-food feedings and have a good rest of your day. Bye!

Leave a Reply