Is there anything I can do to get my baby ready for solid foods?
For best results, ease your baby into a routine. A few days before you plan to introduce solid foods, let your baby become comfortable at the table with your family. Hold her in your lap, place her in a bouncy baby chair nearby, or let her sit in the high chair.
Before you prepare the meal or sit down at the table, breastfeed your baby or give her a bottle to take the edge off her hunger so she won’t be fussy at the table. (Don’t reduce the time you spend nursing or the ounces of breastmilk or formula you offer.) This assures you that your baby still gets adequate nourishment for growth, regardless of how much—and which—solid foods she eats.
For those first attempts you’ll want to pick a time of day when your baby is in good spirits, wide awake, and mildly hungry. Pick a time when your baby is most willing to eat slowly. Also pick a time of day that works for you. Perhaps a quiet weekend is best so you don’t need to worry about rushing somewhere.
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