When we went to my son’s 4 month checkup his doctor asked about how often he woke up at night. I said usually a couple times to drink milk. I had tried to “sleep train” him by giving him water at night rather than milk so that he would hopefully sleep through the night but that wasn’t successful. She said he should be going longer than that at night, and that I could start him on solids and see if that helps since he’s such a big boy he’s probably not getting enough from milk alone. I hope these tips for starting solid foods are helpful if you are just about to start!
You’ll want to start out with a baby cereal, most people instantly think of rice cereal but my doctor actually told me not to use that and to start with some oatmeal cereal. This is very similar but there is some controversy with using rice cereal at the moment. This is usually the first step in starting baby foods although my son absolutely hated it so I only gave it to him a few times and I don’t blame him. I tried it and it tasted more like cardboard to me!
Water & Constipation
When you start solids water is extremely important to give right after finishing food. I wasn’t aware of this until we had some constipation issues after starting solids and we figured it out the hard way. I will be writing a post about this issue specifically very shortly.
When starting with solids you want to start with one meal a day and then increase gradually from there. My doctor said by the time my son is 6 months old that he should be eating 3 meals per day of solids (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with milk in between. He is almost 5 months old and I am still doing just 1 meal per day so I plan to throw in another sometime soon.
I would suggest starting with veggies and not introducing fruits right away because once they get a taste for the sweet stuff it may be hard for them to tolerate some of the veggies. I started with sweet potatoes, then butternut squash, and prunes next due to constipation issues. They worked like a CHARM, by the way!!
Make your Own
If you have the time and resources to make your own baby food, it is a very fun thing to do! Not much harder than making a milkshake either. You’ll see a post here soon about how to make your own baby food soon!
Packaged Baby Foods
If you don’t have time to make your own baby food (which many people don’t these days), my favorite brands of baby food are Plum Organics and Earth’s Best! The to go pouches from Plum Organics is the best since they can be transported easily, although they have to be refrigerated after opening and used within 24 hours, so keep that in mind!
Highchair / Seat
Make sure you have a seat for your little one to sit in while they eat. If you don’t have an actual highchair, you’ll at least want something for them to sit in. I currently use a Bumbo for him to eat since it hugs him so closely and keeps him from wiggling around too much. My son is CONSTANTLY moving!!Make sure to follow Artsy Mama Bear on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, or subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter! :) This post may contain affiliate links, read our Disclosure Policy for more information.