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Serving food cool or at room temperature has the added benefit of eliminating the risk of burning your baby’s mouth. Since babies can’t test the temperature of their food before eating it, you’ll need to do it for them. Be aware that heated food might not be consistent in temperature and can contain hotspots.

Introducing solid food before your baby reaches 4 months of age raises the risk of increased weight gain and obesity, both in infancy and later in early childhood. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old to introduce solids, and definitely not introducing solid food before the age of 4. Establishing a positive feeding relationship during infancy can have lifetime benefits.

Keep in mind that children are responsible for how much and whether they eat so always wait for your baby to pay attention to each spoonful before you feed it. Don’t be afraid to let your baby touch the food in the dish and on the spoon. Age Ounces per feeding Solid foods; Up to 2 weeks of life.5 oz. in the first days, then 1–3 oz.

No: 2 weeks to 2 months: 2–4 oz. No: 2–4 months: 4-6 oz. The benefits of pre-chewing have only recently been investigated, but they appear to parallel those of breast-feeding.

Babies start requiring non-milk food in their diets at six months old, but. When you first give your baby solid foods at about six months, it’s best to give him food after a milk feed, or in the middle of one. As your baby gets used to eating food, you can give it to him before milk, or only offer milk between mealtimes. The thing about heating for me is basically that babies have a sense of taste too and they should be given tasty food at a nice temperature.

In general babies like the food to be warmed so if possible give warm food warmed. As your baby progresses in eating solid foods, don’t offer hot dogs, chunks of meat or cheese, grapes, raw vegetables, or fruit chunks, unless they’re cut up into small pieces. Also, don’t offer hard foods, such as seeds, nuts, popcorn and hard candy that.

Most babies enjoy drinking warm formula or breast milk, but you do not have to heat it. You may warm it by putting the bottle in a pan of warm water. Do not warm it on a lit stove, because it may curdle.

Another way to warm the. A baby’s digestive capacity is pretty darn normal shortly after birth, so the differences are the difference in taste, and the ability to chew. Once they acquire a taste for the solids, they do.

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There is no health reason to warm formula before feedings, though some babies prefer it this way, especially if that’s what they’ve become accustomed to.

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Most definitely the baby should not be fed chilled, iced, frozen, or cold foods.

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Test the temperature of the food before feeding it to your baby; the food should be just lukewarm.

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Be sure to stir the food well and test the temperature—especially if it’s been heated in a microwave—before feeding it to your baby.

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Be sure to stir the food well and test the temperature—especially if it’s been heated in a microwave—before feeding it to the baby.

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• Warm the food to slightly below body temperature; if microwaving, be sure food is stirred well before feeding.

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If your pet is one of the few that doesn’t readily accept a new food, try warming the canned food to body temperature, hand feeding for the first few days, or mixing the dry food with warm water (wait ten minutes before serving).

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Food must be warmed before feeding and should be at maternal body temperature (101.5°F) (38.6° C); the milk’s temperature can be tested on the back of the clinician’s hand before feeding to make sure the temperature is slightly warmer than skin.

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Formula should be kept warm during feeding in the water bath.

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If cool to the touch, warm the infant gradually over two hours before feeding.

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  • Please don’t start ur baby on rice cereal, start on baby oatmeal cereal.. to avoid constipation.. ( small amounts tsp a day) after 7 months try a lil rice but oatmeal is healthier.. Most Dr say start solids at 6mo also.. be cautious..

  • I have the Same containers and everytime i take it out from the refrigerator and run it into warm water, they break. Arent they safe for hot water?

  • I think its different for different babies. My son completely refused solids till 7 months. My daughter now 4 months n she is super into solid foods however still dont know how poop time will be becz my son despite rejecting solids he also had constipation every time he had abit. So fingers crossed ��

  • Which one is better for 4.5 month baby, rice or oat meal? Just yesterday i have introduced gerber supported seater to my baby and he was enjoyed. Please clear me regarding this issue. Should i continue or change to another?

  • Good question momma! That’s exactly why I was searching these videos because I wasn’t sure how many times a day I could try solids and if I needed to breastfeed before or afterwards. Thanks for the video!

  • Omg thank you very much for this video it the most helpful one that I have on you tube for how to starts solids for a bay at 4 months.

  • Thank you so much for the info. I have started to feed my 4 month old and I have used stage 1 banana with some breast milk mixed until it’s kinda runny. Is this bad? Should I stop and do rice cereal? Also should I leave the banana by itself and not make it runny? Thanks again for the information.

  • As per Ayurveda you can add very little amount of sendha salt/ rock salt, ghee and jaggery to baby food. Not refined salt or sugar. It is required to stimulate taste buds and agni for digestion. Recommend 8+ months

  • Can I ask if the baby turn into 4 mos then he never breast feed is it ok to feed here like solid food.? Then what kind of food should I give here in the first feed? Thank you

  • Hi doctor, my baby is 3 months 20 days old and I think she is so intersting in sitting up. But I don’t know is it the right time for me to teach her sit up or not? Please, can you tell me the signs that shows a baby is ready for sitting and how to teach her sit up from advoiding any injuries? I am so afraid if I make her spine injury. Thanks in advance.

  • Love this, Thanks Dr Tahir, I’m sick and tired of people saying BLW. The truth is, if baby is strong and has great neck control, they’re ready. Whats wrong with cereal or oatmeal? I love oatmeal and cereal still eat it to this day!

  • Dr.,
    My baby was born at 26th week of pregnancy and now he is five and half months old.Can I give him semi solid food along with Brest milk? Please give a reply….��

  • My son was ready for solids at 4-5 months, he would lick his lips and cry if we didn’t give him a taste of food here and there lol. He’s 13 months now and has a BIG appetite and eats EVERYTHING! Lol ��

  • baby ko kaise feed karana hai pls bathayea. 2 month feed kar rahi thi abb o 3 month ki hai o nahi pi rahi hai pls solution pls pls. i request u

  • Doctor, what about sterilization? Do the cups/spoons etc need to be sterilized? Do the fruit need to be steamed? If not, is there any point to maintain the sterilization of the milk bottles? Thank you

  • I am in Italy. Here it is winter. Is it ok to give spinachi, green peas? Because it cool the stomach. Babies might get sick.. like cough and cold. I need your idea please

  • What my baby saiddd?!??! “I just gotta warm up” and as you do babyyy don’t give em too much yettt they not ready for the come up����

  • This was helpful! My son has his 4 month appointment tomorrow and we will see if his doctor says it’s ok for him to start solids. I’d like to do rice cereal for a few weeks and then move to another food. He was born at 37 weeks so I was worried that would be an issue but we will see and I’m so excited!

  • I fed my first babies solids between 3-5 months. All babies are different and ready at different times. Just like this guy say, they need to head good head control. I mixed a little rice cereal with baby foods.

  • My baby is 5 n half months.. today i gv him arhar and moong dal water… Once a day.. i hv started sooid from today.. dnt u think it would be very heay routine… Plzz give diet chart on weekly basis…. Its very very confusingggg

  • This was the song he was on insta and y’all was hiping and know he release it y’all didn’t do shit come on let hope this shit up cuz it fire

  • u said no salt,no sugar, fruit juice and purees, but u r adding them in the video,,its confusing, please try to make a clear video so that its understandable..

  • I’m a first time mom and i was really very eager to start solid food. Now that i have started
    really have a hard time now.. HAHA…

  • Hi there, firstly thanks a lot for like this helpful videos.
    Can you please tell me, after introduced one meal a day for 6 month baby, when can I give her like this food for 4 times a day. I mean how many days should I need to give 1 meal a day for six month baby. Please reply me.

  • This video is very contradictory! I wouldn’t follow this as the advice is confusing and adding salt to foods when you said not too!

  • I really appreciate accessible professional medical videos online. I also have the utmost respect for the knowledge family practitioners have gained throughout their careers, and although an MD is not a nutritionist or dietitian, I believe the ones who have done further research are qualified to give nutritional advice. Saying that, I do have a question regarding rice cereal as a first food. Has it not been a while now that it is recommended to start with vegetables and fruits as opposed to rice cereal (especially considering the highly toxic arsenic in rice sources from the southern US)?
    Thank you for the reply.

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    Do not give infants rice cereal as their first solid food.
    Parents were once advised to start infants on fortified rice cereals, touted as non-allergenic and nutritive, but nutritional guidance is shifting. With some exceptions, parents are no longer encouraged to delay introducing other, potentially allergenic foods. Soft fruits, vegetables or even meats are great first sources of complementary nutrients for a breastor formula-fed baby. Try bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and squash.
    Choose other grains.
    Powdered cereals are convenient and often used to thicken baby purees, but Consumer Reports found significant quantities of arsenic in all three brands of infant rice cereals tested. Look for non-rice whole grain or oat cereals, or make your own by pureeing grains in a food processor before or after cooking them.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics convened an Expert Work Group on Arsenic in Rice with a mandate to examine the safety of rice-based foods for infants and children. The Work Group recently concluded that oats are a preferred grain for infants and children who require thickened foods due to special medical needs like reflux (AAP 2014).

  • Six months baby’s are not supposed to be given salt, sugar, toor dal… When we introduce food to baby for first time it is rice and moog dal. Later can introduce ragi.
    Vegetable purees, fruit purees, etc should be introduced from 7-8 th month. And most important thing for new mom’s…. Introduce a new variety of food after every 1 week so you will be able to identify if any reaction or digestion problem… And the consistency of the food should be a more liquid form later can be made thick once the baby starts like and enjoying the food.

  • Jitna ap ne bataya hai mera baby is se bhhht kam feed leta hai he is 6 months old and he is on formula milk.. Solid b nai khata khushi se… Mje kia karna chahye

  • Tips to increase appetit in babies..6month old and almost stopped drinking milk to half the amt eg 90 ml. And Oly solid He eats is carrot..

  • Hello maam…meri 6months ki beti hai..main usee formula milk deti hun…but maine jab se solid start kiya hai vo dudh bhott kam piti hai…plzz tell me kitni quantity honi chaiye dudh ki??.apple puree deti hun m ik tym….plzzz maamm replyyyy meeee