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The low-down on starting your baby on solids
Learn how and when to start feeding your baby solid foods

Experts agree that the best food for your baby is mother’s milk or formula for the first six months. At about six months, your baby’s digestive system is ready to cope with solids and able to push food to the back of the mouth to swallow.

Feeding solids to a baby before six months increases the risk of allergies and eczema. Basically, your baby will let you know when he is ready to eat solids but if in doubt, speak to your paediatrician.

Start off with rice cereal. Serve small amounts once or twice daily – one tablespoon for the first feeding is sufficient and then gradually increase the cereal to two tablespoons. Rice cereal is also less likely to cause allergies. Once your baby is comfortable with the rice cereal, you can introduce cooked, mashed or pureed vegetables and fruit. Wait about week before serving a new food and in this way you will be able to identify any allergic reactions.

Certain foods can certainly help to boost brain power and development. Another great source of support is tissue salts. These natural cell salts are safe for babies of all ages and can be used to help promote healthy brain development. Triple Complex Brain Tonic contains Kali Phos, Nat mur and Calc phos to support the brain and nervous system at a cellular level – and is safe for both mom and baby. Baby massage is another great way to boost development, and strengthen the bond between mother and child! Studies have shown that the power of touch can greatly influence a child’s development. Massage is greatly beneficial for newborns and babies.

By seven months, you can introduce pureed or jarred baby food meat. At eight to nine months, move onto mashed solid foods such as well cooked carrots, potatoes, and squash, pureed pears and bananas and strained meats such as turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. Introduce finger foods such as scrambled egg, boneless fish, mashed beans or pancakes.

From ten to twelve months, you can serve cheese, yogurt, whole milk, mashed fruit and vegetables, teething crackers and combination foods such as macaroni and cheese. Remember to avoid giving your baby foods such as whole grapes, raw carrots, hot dogs, sweets, popcorn, nuts, chips, raisins and chewing gum which are common choking hazards.

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