During the normal course of your baby’s life, they would have to start getting fed breastmilk until they reach a certain point where they can be fed some solid foods. Typically, when your baby reaches 4-6 months, they can now be fed some solid foods, provided that they are pureed to make things easier to swallow.
Once your baby grows older, you need to transition to more solid foods to help encourage them to bite the food on their own. You may also want to stock up on baby bibs so that they won’t get messy during the entire feeding process.
Today, I am going to provide you with a brief guide on how to feed your baby when they reach 6 months old and beyond.
Baby’s First Six Months
When your baby reaches six months old, breastmilk is still considered to be the main source of their energy and it also provides their bodies with the nutrition they need for optimal growth. That is why it is still important that you feed them your milk.
However, it is also at this time that they should also be given solid foods that will be added to their diet. Since your baby’s stomach is still small, only small amounts of food should be given to them every feeding period. I suggest that you feed your baby only single foods at a time in a span of 3-5 days. This will help you assess which foods they like and which foods are allergic to them.
Aside from feeding them some baby cereals, you should also add fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and other foods that they can safely consume at this period of time.
Six to Eight Months
As your baby grows older, it is vital that you feed them at least half a cup of solid foods every feeding period. They can virtually eat anything, provided that you keep those foods small enough for them to put inside their mouths.
Ideal foods that you should be giving them include mashed fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, and even some single-grain cereals.
Nine to Eleven Months
At this stage, your baby may grow a tooth or two and their extrusion reflex is almost completely gone, priming them to eat chunkier foods. This the point where you can introduce chunky foods as opposed to mashed ones.
The ideal feeding period would be three times a day followed by a healthy snack. Aside from fruits and vegetables, you may want to introduce soft meats and fish to them as well so that their mouths will be primed to eat something more solid as they grow older.
What if Baby Doesn’t Drink Breastmilk?
There are some cases where your baby might not want to drink breastmilk anymore. This is probably because you’ve introduced foods with salt or sugar in them and that they cannot (or will not) eat foods that taste bland anymore.
If that is the case, then your baby would require more solid foods from here on out. So, instead of giving them half a cup of solid foods, for example, increase it to ¾ a cup.