3 Tips For Introducing Solids


When you’re starting out introducing solids, you may think that all you need to be concerned about is what you’re going to put in their mouths. However, there is much more to mealtimes than just the food.


Introduction to solids is the first step into guiding your little one’s eating habits to fit in with the rest of the family. Eventually, months down the track, if you so choose, they will be eating their meals with everyone else. To transition smoothly, and to ensure they’re getting their nutritional needs met, here are some tips to help you along the way:


Tip #1 - GIVE YOUR CHILD A MILK FEED FIRST


Whether you’re bottle feeding or breastfeeding, when your littlie starts solid it’s important to give them their milk feed first because this is the more important food source at this stage of their lives.


Also, importantly for breast feeding mothers is your milk supply. This can be negatively impacted by offering solids before milk because your littlie won’t be as hungry after solids. Your breasts supply milk based on demand, so decreased demand means decreased supply.



Tip #2 - START WITH BREAKFAST OR LUNCH


Breakfast or lunch are great meal times to begin the introduction of solids. The main reason is because you have hours of the day ahead to ensure there has been no reaction to any new foods your littlie has just tried. Dinner time doesn’t allow a lot of awake time to see how your child is going with the new food.


Whichever meal time you choose to offer solids, be aware that this will most likely extend the time between that meal and when they are ready to eat again. This can also impact naps as you might find they nap longer after their solids.



Tip #3 - TREAT THE MILK FEED AND SOLID MEAL AS ONE MEAL


If you like routine and would like your littlie to eventually be eating three meals a day with the rest of the family, this small, but important detail of timing might help you.


As mentioned above, milk is more important at this stage, so you don’t want your little one being really hungry when you offer solids. You want them to have a full feed of milk first. If you space out the milk and solids too far apart then solids could become a separate meal, rather than a complement to the milk feed they’ve just had. Essentially, you want your child to be having solids on a fairly full tummy. Because of this, they may not each much or be very interested, but that is okay.


If you make sure you offer solids straight after their milk feed, then it becomes one meal time that you can have at the same time each day. For example, let’s say you start your littlie with solids at breakfast. You give them a milk feed and then solids. One meal done. The rest of the day will just be milk feeds. Eventually, you’ll add solids straight after the milk feed at lunch, and then finally to dinner. Your child is now having three meals a day. The milk feed will eventually switch from being before the solids to after the solids.



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