If your baby is 6 months old, it’s time you start feeding him/her solid food. Milk will still be the basic source of nutrient but your baby needs to start tasting other flavors as well. However, there is no exact age for him to start eating food. The general idea is that when your baby is able to sit without assistance and starts noticing you having your meal it’s time he needs solid food in addition to milk.
You can buy a baby food processor to puree basic foods like banana or avocado. If you do not want to spend money then you can use a fork to puree these. Other foods like apple, peaches, pears and potato, you will first want to cook and then puree. In the starting months give your baby only single food purees and wait two days before introducing any new food. The reason for this is that since your baby’s stomach is not used to handling solid food since it’s only consumption was milk up until this time, start introducing food gradually and see how your baby’s body responds to each food. If something upsets his stomach, you will want to avoid it.
Many babies do not like being fed with a spoon initially but be patient and keep trying. One or two teaspoons of food a day is enough to get him/her in the habit of eating food. Do not worry if your baby isn’t keen on trying new food because milk will still be the basic element in his/her diet for a long time. If you are having difficulty feeding your baby with a spoon you can also try putting fruit slices in front of him to pick up and eat. Most babies respond well to this technique and develop an interest in eating solid food. You can also try making him busy with toys or by turning on his favorite cartoon channel, and feed him while he is preoccupied with these other things.
Making purees everyday in small amounts is a tiresome task. You can make 2 or 3 kinds of different purees for the whole week or larger amounts for the whole month. Purees can last in the freezer for 2-3 months. Be careful as to store them in the freezer and not in the fridge. The purees might go bad in a few days if stored in the fridge and since your baby’s immune system isn’t yet fully developed you do not want to take the risk. Use a baby food processor to make the puree and store small portions of it easily in an ice cube tray. I found choose food processor pretty helpful in buying one for me.
Raising babies can be a difficult task, posing many challenges to parents – especially to mothers. However, as with any other challenging task at hand, be patient. Babies are entirely dependent on their guardians but do not let this intimidate you. Be calm and composed, and seek help wherever you feel the need to. Keeping these simple things in mind and being grounded will make you a pro!