Every day my inbox fills up with questions from parents that are trying to figure out this parenting thing and need help! There is so much information on the internet to sift through and analyze, and an overwhelming amount of people sharing different opinions! Questions about picky eaters, allergies, and feeding kids are ones that I get often!
Today I want to share some tips about introducing solid foods to kids AND I'm excited to tell you about SpoonfulOne, one of our newest sponsors. They have a simple nutritious way for you to prepare your child’s immune system for the foods responsible for 90% of food allergies!
When should you start feeding your child solid foods? Do you have any idea what foods to feed your child when they are ready to start solid foods?
WHEN IS MY BABY READY FOR SOLID FOOD?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that most babies are ready for solid foods around 6 months old. A few ways to know that your child is ready can include...
- He is excited about food and might try and take it from you. He may also open his mouth when you bring food towards him!
- She can sit up mostly unassisted.
- He can hold his head up for awhile. Babies need good head control when they start eating solid foods.
WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY BABY FIRST?
The guidelines with this have changed in recent years. I always like to ask my pediatrician for updated advice. With my oldest son I was told to introduce rice cereal first. Currently, guidance indicates that it doesn't matter which food you feed your child first and according to the AAP, "there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby."
As I introduce foods to my babies, I often add in a little breastmilk to help ease the transition. Adding a familiar taste to a new food has helped my kids adjust quicker. It sometimes takes several tastes of a food for my kids to enjoy it.
Cereals, vegetables, and fruits can all be introduced. Make sure that the cereal you introduce is for babies and is iron-fortified.
SHOULD I WAIT TO INTRODUCE ALLERGY-CAUSING FOODS?
Food allergies are a growing problem that many parents worry about. And it’s not just peanuts – 77% of people with a food allergy are allergic to other foods. The guidelines on when to include potential allergenic foods into your baby’s diet have now changed. In fact, science now shows that avoiding potential allergens can actually increase the risk that your child will develop allergies. The medical community—including the National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommend incorporating potential allergens into your baby’s diet early and often at around 4 to 6 months. There’s a new product to help you do it.
SpoonfulOne is a new, easy to use powder blend with gentle portions of all the foods responsible for 90% of food allergies, which . covers not only peanut but all other common allergenic foods like shrimp, soy and other tree nuts that can be difficult to include into your child’s daily diet. It's goal is to provide a practical way for parents to prepare their child’s immune system for these foods.They recently sent me some to try out with my toddler.
Starting at age 4-6 months, once per day, parents can mix one pack of powder into their child's daily meal. Starting later (like I am doing with my toddler) could still have a meaningful impact in setting a healthy foundation. SpoonfulOne is for children who have not been diagnosed with a food allergy.
HOW DOES SpoonfulOne WORK?
SpoonfulOne was created by a pediatrician, allergist, and mother of five! You can purchase a monthly subscription to keep things easy and always have your mix-ins on hand to add into your child's meal each day.
Each subscriber gets a welcome kit that includes a darling BPA-free bowl and spoon. My daughter was a bit obsessed with this bowl since it sticks to her high chair so she can't throw it or move it too much. It keeps our meals much cleaner!
Along with the bowl and spoon, the subscription box comes with 30 mix-in packets for the month (one per day).
It is so easy to just toss a mix-in into anything you're eating and the kids barely notice! My daughter wolfed down her dinner with SpoonfulOne!
SpoonfulOne is a convenient way to introduce all the foods most commonly associated with food allergies: peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy and sesame. Plus, the pediatrician-recommended dose of Vitamin C.
Trying to give your kids a varied diet that includes all of the foods mentioned above can be exhausting, so this little packet is so helpful!
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD EAT NEW FOODS?
When babies are just starting to eat solid foods, it is important that you prepare your food to prevent choking and also so that you give your child a chance to eat independently.
WHAT SORT OF EATING HABITS SHOULD WE START?
From early on we have tried to "begin as we mean to go on," which means that we think ahead to how we want family mealtime later in life... and we start those habits early on!
This means that everyone sits at the dinner table together and we all eat and chat and enjoy time together. We keep screens off almost 100% of the time during dinner and we try and keep any devices put away and ignore phone calls. Dinner time (or whatever meal when we can all be together) is family time.
As a parent I've learned over the years that the kids are watching me so mealtime is my chance to set a good example regarding trying new foods, eating with good manners, and eating healthfully.
What other questions do you have about introducing solid foods?
If your child is already eating solid foods, when did she start? What was her first food?
Do you have any other tips for introducing solid foods that you can share with us?
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SpoonfulOne. All opinions are my own.