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Many first-time parents find it difficult to determine at what age their child should start on baby food. The article below will give you more information on how you can recognise when your child is ready to start on baby foods. It also gives you more information on additional goat’s milk formula feeds.

What Are the Signs My Child Is Ready for Solid Foods?

If your child is ready to start on solid foods, there will be certain developmental signs. Below, you will find an overview of the most common developmental signs. Most of these signs must be present to indicate your child is ready for solid foods.

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  • Your child can sit up without any additional support.
  • Your child has lost the tongue-thrust reflex, which automatically pushes solid foods out of the mouth.
  • Your child shows a willingness and readiness to chew.
  • Your child has developed the pincer movement, where he or she can pick up food or other items between the thumb and forefinger.
  • Your child shows a certain eagerness to participate in mealtimes and even tries to grab food.

Most children show these developmental signs at the age of four months, although this may occur sooner or later than that. When you are in doubt, be sure to contact a licenced paediatrician or another specialised health professional, because the solid food stage should never be rushed.

What Should I Give My Child in the Beginning of the Solid Food Stage?

Most children start the solid food stage at four months. During this time, parents must still provide their child with milk feeds as well because they will not obtain the necessary nutrients they need from the solids provided. Goat’s milk formula, such as Oli6 can be combined with solid foods such as rice cereals to help ensure the child is getting all the nutrients he or she needs.

Parents often start off feeding their child pureed foods; this includes pureed vegetables, fruit, and meat as well as baby cereals. It is important to initially to feed your childsimple ingredients to make sure their digestive system can cope with the new solids as well as make sure there are no allergies present.

Pureed foods can be combined with goat’s milk formula to make nutritious meals including cereals or even fruit smoothies which provide your child with a healthy, filling and nutritious meal.Many parents decide to initially supplement their child’s solid food diet with a semi-liquid, iron-fortified cereal, since children need lots of iron during the early stages of their life.

How Much Solid Food Should I Give My Child at Four Months?

In the beginning, it is important not to force things. Therefore, many parents will keep on relying on the nutrients inside goat formula at the beginning of the solid food stage. However, to ensure your child does not feel overwhelmed, you can start by giving 1 teaspoon of pureed food or cereal. Over time, you can increase this amount to one tablespoon of pureed food, or a tablespoon of cereal with goat formula, twice a day.

Parents using a combination of cereal mixed with goat’s formula should gradually thicken the consistency of the cereal. In the beginning, you will be giving cereal with a lot of goat formula. To increase the consistency, simply reduce the amount of goat formula mixed with cereal over time.

Could You Give Me Extra Tips on How to Introduce Solid Food?

There are little things that can make the introduction of solid food somewhat easier. Still, the most important thing is not to force anything, because every child is ready to eat solid foods in their own time. If your baby refuses to eat solid foods when introduced for the first time, it may be best to wait a couple of days until you try again.

Individual Introduction

When you introduce new solid foods, it is best to start introducing them individually. Therefore, giving your child pureed sweet potatoes and chicken at the same time will not have a desirable effect. Eating solid foods is a new adventure for your little one, so make sure you do not introduce too much at one given time.

Allergies

Children with a history of allergies can encounter problems during the solid food stage, which is why it is essential to consult your child’s paediatrician before you start introducing solid foods. Your paediatrician might recommend to wait three days before introducing another ingredient as well; this to ensure that your child does not encounter an allergic reaction that causes serious digestive distress.

If your child has a history of allergies, it may be a good idea to keep a food diary as well, where you can write down all the ingredients your child has tried over a certain period. If your child shows signs of allergies, this dairy could be of vital importance for the paediatrician, who can then pinpoint the cause for the reaction.

The Order of Introduction

Most parents like to introduce solid foods in a specific order; for example, they may start with vegetables and fruit followed by meat. While in most cases this is not a problem, some children may experience digestive distress. In these cases, it is a good idea to consult a licensed health professional to determine the best order to introduce certain foods in.

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Conclusion

Introducing solid foods in the diet of your child is an exciting time for you and your child. Even though there are many things to consider, managing this introduction of solid foods properly can have a positive effect on the eating habits of your child later in life.

To ensure your child gets all the nutrients needed to grow and develop properly, it is recommended to see a licenced health professional during this important stage of your child’s life. Even if everything is okay medically, your child can certainly benefit from the expertise of a professional.