How to start the food introduction

The beginning of the food introduction is full of anxiety and doubts, this is normal. It’s all new for the mother and baby, so it’s common to get questions like “what is the right age to start?” “which food to offer first?” “what to expect from the first month of AI?” , among many others.

That’s why we on the Baby AI Team decided to put together in this article the first steps for those starting the Feeding Introduction now. We’ll talk about age and skills needed to get started, methods, utensils and give you tips to keep you up to date and with lots of information to face this delicious but so challenging stage.

Age and AI Readiness Signs

The right time to safely start an AI is when the baby is 6 months old and shows signs of readiness.

The signs of readiness are as follows:

1. Sit unsupported (or with minimal support): If the baby is still unable to sit on his own, there is an increased risk of choking and is a strong sign that the baby is not ready yet.

2. Knowing how to pick up objects and bring the mouth : Mainly for those who will follow the BLW, BLISS or Participative method, the movement of taking things to the mouth is necessary for the AI ​​to occur naturally.

3. Decreasing tongue protrusion reflex: Babies are born with the reflex of pushing things out of the mouth with their tongue. Over time this decreases and in order not to become an AI problem (baby putting food out of mouth), it is important to wait for this signal.

4. Show interest in food: At the age of 6 months, babies start to be interested in what they see adults eating, this is another sign of readiness. Let the baby watch you and the family at meals as he gradually becomes interested.

Want to learn more about readiness signs? See our full article: Readiness Signals for Food Introduction .

Which method to choose?

If the baby is ready, with the recommended age and signs of readiness, then it is time to choose the method that best fits the family’s reality .

The most popular food introduction method is the traditional baby food. But currently there are other methods with great benefits that deserve to be studied, such as BLW, BLISS and ParticipAtiva.

For more conservative families who want to offer baby food, the most important advice is to evolve the food texture little by little. This is because by the time they reach 1 year of age, the baby should already be eating the family’s food.

For those who want to enjoy all the benefits and autonomy provided by methods such as BLW, it is worth reading and studying to feel safe and confident. Right here on the blog we talk a lot about BLW , BLISS and ParticipAtiva . 

Learn more at: The 4 Food Introduction Methods: which one to choose?

Utensils

The reality is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on utensils. But if you want to invest in this phase, it’s worth buying some items such as:

Bib with sleeve: These apron-type bibs help to reduce the amount of dirty laundry, so common at this stage. For those who live in cold places, it is also very useful, as it protects the baby from getting too wet.

Plastic mat : A plastic mat can prevent a lot of headaches. Relax and let the baby mess up, if the food falls on the floor then just clean the mat.

Plastic car seats : avoid buying car seats that are too upholstered. They may look more comfortable, but the simpler the chair, the easier it is to clean. And right now what we most want is practicality.

Plates and cutlery: Plastic or silicone plates and cutlery also help by not running the risk of breaking. It’s one less thing for you to worry about.

However, more important than tools is knowledge. So it’s worth saving on expensive plates to buy books, e-books and courses in the area that will make you more relaxed.

Information

And that’s what we want to keep preaching here: knowledge is everything! The families that go through the AI ​​more calmly are those that prepare themselves with information.

Following a healthy and respectful diet , empathizing with the baby and understanding exactly each phase of the food introduction will prevent you from putting everything to waste by forcing the child to eat, distracting them with screens or exchanging healthy foods for processed foods and sweets.

To prevent this cascade of problems and see your child grow up healthy and well nourished , it’s worth investing in knowledge. And we have some tips:

Food Introduction Course – A vision beyond the plate: A course created by Nutri Pamella Donadoni, super updated and with a very reasonable value. There are 50 hours of course plus 3 complementary ebooks.

E-book How to make the Food Introduction – Nutrinfantil: This e-book was created by the Maternal Infantil Nutritionist Camila Garcia. It is a complete guide with important and up-to-date information for starting AI.

Recipes for babies in the Food Introduction: This is by Bárbara Toledo, Food Engineer and Master in Food Science. There are 40 healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes, as well as preparation, freezing and organization tips. 

So, the conclusion is that it is necessary to prepare very well to face the challenges of this phase . Studying and learning about infant feeding helps you feel safe and not get carried away by wrong hunches.

You are most responsible for your child’s food introduction , but we want to help. Count on our tips and our updated content and let’s go!

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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