What is Stage 1 Baby Food?
These are the first foods introduced to your baby, also known as starter foods. The typical age group for this stage is 4 to 8 months old. Whether your baby starts solids at 4 months or the recommended age of 6 months old, you should still begin with stage 1 foods because they are easy to swallow and digest.
Stage 1 baby foods are:
- Single ingredient foods
- Single grain cereals
- Highly pureed
- Thin in consistency
- Smooth in texture
Aside from age, baby food stages are also determined by developmental milestones. These are specific skills your baby should acquire before starting or transitioning to that stage.
4 – 6 Month Developmental Milestones:
- Ability to hold head up without support
- Sitting up with little support
- Ability to roll over
- Using arms to push chest from floor and can turn head while laying on tummy
- No longer pushing tongue forwards when lips are touched, known as the tongue-thrust reflex
- Ability to move food to the back of mouth to swallow
Watch Out for Food Allergens!
When presenting new foods to your baby, it is very important to introduce one food at a time. If there are no signs of an allergic reaction, continue to feed your baby this food for three days before offering a new food. This method will help you identify a food allergen.
For instance, if your baby is introduced to two foods within a short period of time and signs of an allergic reaction emerge, you would not know which food is the culprit.
Having Trouble Feeding Baby Solid Food?
Don’t get discouraged if your baby initially rejects a new food. It can take up to 10 times of offering this food before your baby will accept or even love it. Don’t give up and be consistent!
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