Feeding your baby is a wonderful bonding experience for parents, whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or starting the exciting transition to baby’s first solid foods. At Faithful to Nature, we believe that a naturally nourished baby is a healthy, happy baby; and we want to make it as easy as possible for moms and dads to provide balanced, wholesome nourishment. Read on to learn more about healthy baby feeding habits, tips for introducing solids and a look at our wholesome baby porridge range. Plus we have some yummy, easy recipes your little one will love.
Feeding at 0-4 Months
Breastfeeding your baby is recommended exclusively for the first 6 months; although some babies might start weaning earlier (from 4 months onwards). We believe that breast is best; but of course not all moms are able to breastfeed, and in these cases baby should be on a natural infant formula, with supervision from the family health care practitioner. Baby shouldn’t be eating any solids at all before 4 months; only breast milk and/ or formula should be ingested.
Feeding at 4-6 Months
Around this time, most babies start to wean (withdrawing from mom’s supply of milk), although some moms may prefer to breastfeed for longer depending on their parenting style. At this age, baby’s digestive system is able to produce the enzymes needed to digest a wider variety of foods. It’s generally best to let baby take the lead here; take your time and introduce soft solid foods slowly, and look out for signs that baby is ready to make this change in feeding habits.
When is Baby Ready to Start Solids?
Your little one’s behaviour will give you plenty of clues that he or she is ready to start solid foods.
- Sitting up well without needing support; holding head up well.
- No longer using the “tongue-thrust reflex” (which involves automatically push solids out of the mouth with the tongue).
- Showing signs of being willing to chew.
- Developing a “pincer” grip, picking up food or other objects between the thumb and forefinger.
- Baby might also start showing interest in mom & dad’s foods, trying to grab & eat food off your plate!
Top Tips for Introducing Solids
- Never leave baby unsupervised while eating; pay close attention to baby and watch out for signs of choking.
- Start by offering just a few pieces or teaspoons of food, once a day.
- Be sure to start off with soft mashed or cooked foods; fruits and veggies are ideal.
- Cool hot food and test the temperature before giving it to your baby.
- Let your baby enjoy touching and holding the food.
- Allow baby to feed him or herself by hand, as soon as you notice an interest in this.
- When using a spoon, wait for baby to open their mouth before offering the food. Your baby might like to try holding the spoon too.
- Don’t force your baby to feed, simply wait until the next mealtime if he or she isn’t interested this time around.
- Very importantly – avoid feeding your baby solid foods that contain processed sugars, preservatives and additives.
Try our Organic Baby Porridge Range
Our new Holle baby porridges are made with whole grains, which are rich in nutrients and easy for little tummies to digest. The best thing about these baby cereals is their versatility; you can serve them with breast milk, formula, dairy or non-dairy milk, or simply with water.
Feeding baby is such an amazing opportunity to bond! Enjoy your time with your little one as he or she discovers the joy of new flavours and textures. And remember to keep things healthy, with our range of natural tableware and organic baby foods.
Fun with First Foods!
These baby food recipes are so easy to make, plus they’re full of nutrients and a great way to introduce baby to new tastes and textures.
1. CHEESY SWEET POTATO MASH
- 120g sweet potato
- 1 medium carrot
- 25g cheddar cheese
- Peel & dice the sweet potato & carrot.
- Grate the cheddar cheese.
- Boil the vegetables together until just tender.
- Add the cheese & mash by hand or purée in a blender.
2. CREAMY BANANA PORRIDGE
- 2Tbsp rolled oats
- 150ml breast milk, dairy milk or formula
- 1-2Tbsp puréed banana
- Combine the milk & oats in a bowl; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir well, leave to thicken & cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the banana until you have a creamy & delicious mix.