Food 4-7 months
The baby will be interested in exploring different textures and tastes
Feeding the child may afford the father a chance to bond
Eating habits begin early, so introduce nutritionally important foods early
Avoid putting foods in bottles as it delays the adjustment to textures. Hold and attend to you baby during the feeding process. If you are too busy to feed semi solid foods, then DELAY that part of the feeding until you have time to relax and nurture the bay.
Experiment with textures, first by adding breast milk or formula to dry cereal to make a thin gruel
Gradually make it thicker if the infant tolerates it without gagging
Commercially prepared baby foods are now being promoted as first step and second-step (junior foods introduced 7-8 months) foods. The latter is designed to help an the infant achieve a smooth transition to table foods by introducing new textures. The infant may resist these food at this point.
Be aware of food allergies the first year
fish, shell fish, lobster, shrimp, crab
almonds, walnuts, seeds
eggs (iron phosphate found in egg yolk is poorly absorbed by the baby
honey (linked to infant botulism causing muscle weakness beginning with facial, droopy eyelids, trunk) cant cause paralysis in the muscles of inspiration and constipation
Foods: Fruits, Veggies and Protein
Fruits are good to start before veggies. Apples and pears are popular. Cooked carrots, squash, yams and potatoes are good starters.
Tomatoes, orange and other citrus juice and cause a rash around the child's mouth. The fresher the juice, the more peel oil present.
-Wash the infants face right after he or she eats this kind of food.
Although 70% of parents with infants 6 months and under give their children juice, there is no nutritional need for it. It lacks protein, fat, calories, calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc needed to support normal development. Plain fruits are preferred.
Figs, brown rice, spinach, and peas help constipation.
Do not give the child raw carrots, popcorn peanuts, grapes or other hard to chew similar foods.
Hot dog remain the most choked on food.
Protein: a 13 pound infant requires 12-13 grams of protein a day (which is easily provided by feeding 3.8 ounce bottle of formula a day) therefore concentrate on vegetables and fruits.
Cola drinks, diet soda, Kool Aid, Hi-C, Gatorade, sport drinks and punch have NO place in an infants diet. Soda has lots of phosphate in it that promoted calcium loss. Carbonated drinks DO NOT settle the stomach.
Suggested vegetables: beans, carrots, peas, beets, sweet potato or broccoli.
Suggested fruits: peeled apples, bananas, pears, peaches or cantaloupe.
You do not have to cook banana, cantaloupe, avocados or unsweetened canned fruits.
Fruits with seeds, like berries or kiwis, do not blend well.
Do not add salt, pepper, sugar, sweetener, butter or margarine to baby food.