Introducing fruit and veggie baby food
- Single fruits and single vegetables are typically the first baby foods introduced.
- Wait about three days before introducing each new food to watch for any sensitivities.
- Feed to your baby’s fullness, not to finish the bowl.
- Offering a wide variety of foods can help establish good eating habits.
Once your baby has mastered single-grain infant cereals, he may be ready to add single fruit and vegetable baby foods. Pureed veggies and fruits supply new flavors and textures to his world. Baby foods are just the right consistency for his practicing tongue movements and for advancing his eating skills. Available in many different varieties, baby foods also come in organic versions.
Offer one fruit or veggie baby food (not a mixed variety) and wait about three days before introducing a new food. This helps you determine if your baby is sensitive to a particular food. Serve mixed fruit or veggie combos only after he has tried each of the foods individually.
- Symptoms may occur within minutes of eating a particular food or they may not appear for hours or even days. Allow about three days between new foods to watch for any possible allergic reactions.
- Some symptoms to watch for include a skin rash, diarrhea, congestion or vomiting.
- If any of these symptoms occur, stop the new food and call your pediatrician.
Developing a taste for new foods
Eating solid foods is a new and unusual experience for him. Continuing to offer your child new flavors and textures will eventually make mealtime enjoyable for both of you. Relax and enjoy sharing all these new discoveries.
Making it easy for baby
- Breast- or bottle-feed first so he is not overly hungry, then offer the solid food. Don’t decrease the amount of breastmilk or formula you offer.
- Pick a time of day when your baby is happy, wide awake and you don’t feel rushed.
- Let him explore the feel and aroma of each new food in his hands. This is both fun and messy.
- Start with a few teaspoons at one or two of his feedings and let him tell you he has had enough to eat. Turning his head away from the spoon is a good signal that it’s time to stop.
- Feed from a familiar, colorful bowl with a baby spoon, not from the jar, tub or pouch.
- Don’t worry if he does not want to eat very much. This is a time for him to explore new tastes and textures.
Making it easy for you
- Spread a large towel or old sheet under the high chair. Spills land on the cover, not the floor, making cleanup a breeze.
- Keep a roll of paper towels handy for spills.
- Keep your sense of humor and enjoy watching him make some tasty discoveries.
Did you know?
Wait about three days before introducing a new fruit or vegetable baby food. Always speak with your pediatrician about when to start baby foods.
Helping baby discover new tastes
- Which to serve first—fruit or veggie? No hard rule applies, so do what feels right for you and your baby. He is used to the sweet flavor of breastmilk, but that doesn’t mean you have to serve apples before peas. Either way, it can take up to 10 tries with a new food before he decides to give it a go.
- If you’re using baby food packed in a pouch, be sure to squeeze it into a bowl or onto a spoon for feeding.
- Growth spurts will determine his hunger. Don’t insist on him finishing the bowl, but let his fullness be the guide.
- Offer a wide variety of foods so he can experience different tastes. This may help him to be more accepting of new foods.
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