First Steps to Homemade Baby Food
Starting your baby on solid foods is an exciting and trying time as a parent. Realize that this is going to be a continuous challenge and your baby’s tastes can change at anytime. Her favorite food yesterday may not interest her at all today.
Before feeding your baby any solid foods, check with your pediatrician to make sure that it is okay to begin. Start simple, only introducing one new food at a time and waiting 3-4 days between new foods, in case of an allergic reaction. Be careful about introducing foods that you or a family member are allergic to.
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of feeding your baby solids, but always take it slow and wait at least the 3-4 days that is recommended before trying him on a new type of food. This is very important because if you give your baby two or more new foods in one day and he has a negative reaction you can’t be sure which food caused the problem. There are different schools of thought on when to introduce certain types of foods, such as dairy, meat, wheat, and eggs. Always check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to feed your baby any new food types.