For the first six months of your baby’s life, he will only be drinking breastmilk or formula. A recent change recommends that babies are not introduced tosolids until 6 months to avoid childhood obesity.
Once your baby can begin eating solids, you will face a lot more choices, such as what should their first food be? As parents, we want to nourish our children with the best foods.
When my first two children began eating solids, my pediatrician told me to start with mixing rice cereal and breastmilk/formula.
I followed those guidelines, but my kids weren’t excited to eat it.
Five years later, I had my third child and the recommendations for introducing solids to infants has changed.
- Babies should wait until they are six months to be introduced to solids.
- Rice cereal is no longer encouraged as the only first food.
Pediatricians still recommend that you:
- Introduce a single food at a time
- Make sure the food is soft and not a choking hazard
I decided that I would feed my child a wide variety of whole foods from the get-go in hopes to avoid having three picky eaters. I planned avocado to be my baby’s first food, but in all actuality, that was her second food.
Her first food was oranges, and she snuck one off the table before she turned six months. She sucked the juice from the orange and screamed in excitement at the new-found flavor.
Two weeks later, she was officially 6 months and I had a ripe avocado on the counter, just waiting for her.
I mashed it up with a fork and put it up to her lips, but she was not having it. There was no excitement, only a turn of the head to the green goodness.
I was slightly devastated that she didn’t appreciate the avocado and worried she only had eyes for sweet foods.
We tried again a few days later, but this time she was more interested in the avocado and excited to eat.