Proper way of feeding a baby is an integral part of their development. You may find below several tips when feeding a baby. These are the guidelines I followed when I started feeding my daughter with solid food plus the tips that my mom personally shared to me based on her experience when she raised my 3 brothers and I.
Here are some tips when feeding a baby:
- When your baby reaches his fourth month, you can test whether he is ready for “new foods”. Do this by putting a teaspoon to baby’s lips. If he tends to close his lips or push the teaspoon away, then your baby is not yet ready. Never force him to eat.
- Introduce the new food to your baby before breastfeeding or bottlefeeding him.
- An ideal starter food is a single food ingredient such as cereal mixed with breastmilk or follow follow-on formula.
- Offer only half a teaspoon of food at a time, feed him less than the recommended amount, gradually increasing it until it reaches the amount suited to your baby’s need.
- The best time to make him try new food again is the day following his first trial.
- Once the child has acquired a taste for the new food, give it to him fairly often and after breastfeeding or bottlefeeding.
- Introduce one new food at a time. New start on two new foods at once.
- Give your baby water between feedings. Water helps regulate water removal and other body functions.
- Offer variety in each meal.
Source: My Baby Book, GSK