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Aidan’s First Solid Food

on October 13, 2011

As many say, babies are ready to have their first solid food at 4-6 months.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfeed  for at least 6 months– though parents will attest that some babies eager and ready to eat solids earlier.

In my case, I checked for Aidan’s signs If he is already ready to take his first solid food.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BABY IS READY?


  1. Head control. He should be able to keep his head in steady and in upright position. As you notice babies 2-3 months old still needs head support.
  2. He starts to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.
  3. Your baby can seat upright without your support.
  4. Chewing motions. Babies 0-3 months drool frequently (not during teething stage). If there is less drooling, that means he is starting to learn how to swallow.
  5. Weigh your baby and check If he has doubled his weight from birth. If he has,   then he is ready.
  6. He has a growing appetite.
HOW WILL YOU INTRODUCE SOLID FOOD?

  • Pureed food will be a good start. With Aidan I still followed what my mother from Province taught me. He was 3 months old only when I first gave him “sabaw”. Either from tinola or nilaga. 3 teaspoon a day is enough.
  • At 4 months I started to give him pureed food (squash, potatoes, bananas, etc). You can add a little amount of salt to taste or mix it with milk. 
  • At 6 months I gave him Cerelac.
Aidan’s favorite Flavor


Make sure to bottle feed or breastfeed your baby first. Then give him 1-2 teaspoon of pureed solid food or CERELAC. Use a soft-tipped plastic spoon to avoid injuring his gums. 
Be PATIENT. Some first time babies refuse eating solids. You may start with just a small amount. Put it on the tip of the spoon. Let him smell and taste the food. Give him time to get used to the experience. Soup or pureed food may be given once a day. Once he is ready, you can add a few tablespoon already.
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOUR BABY IS FULL?

  • He leans back on the chair.
  • He turns his head away from his food.
  • Starts playing with the spoon.
  • Refuses to open his mouth. (Sometimes babies refuse to open their mouth because they haven’t finished their food yet. Give them time to wallow).
HOW TO INTRODUCE NEW FOOD?

According to http://www.babycenter.com.ph, you have to wait at least 3 days after introducing new food. With Aidan, I waited at least a week. Why 7 days? I’m a working mom so I don’t get to consistently monitor his solid food intake. 
By waiting at least 3 days before giving new varieties of food, this will help you know If he is allergic to a particular food. 
SIGNS OF ALLERGY MAY INCLUDE:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • A swollen face
  • Wheezing
  • Rash
Aidan doesn’t like pureed squash. 😦

WHAT TO AVOID DURING HIS SOLID FOOD INTAKE?

  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Nuts
(All that are mentioned above may cause allergy)

HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD YOU FEED YOUR BABY?

At 4-6 months, once a day is fine. Around 7 months, you can give 2 meals a day, and 3 meals at 8 months. (It is still best to avoid those allergenic food I mentioned above.)

WHAT TO USE?

A high chair maybe helpful.
(A gift from NangNang and NongNong)
Spoon made of Silicone/Rubber

(Babies tend to play with their spoon. And this will help protect your baby’s sensitive gums)
Sippy Cups

(This is also the best time to introduce him into sippy cups)
Peso Power-PhP150-PhP250

A gift from a friend during Aidan’s 1st birthday.
Pigeon’s Drinking Rocket.



LDPE Bottle
Non-standing, yet amazingly spill-proof
Dual position hod which allows parents to pour liquids in easily without making a mess.

New Valve made of silicone and PP that allows no leakage at all
Easy-grip features.

Multi=purpose strap




Baby food Grinder


Baby bowl with built in mini food grinder and cover

Peso Power – PhP180.00


Proportionately sized for early stage of weaning
Has a small grinder dots that aid food-mashing

Mini storage containers (for storing extra portions)


Peso power- Php10.00


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2 responses to “Aidan’s First Solid Food

  1. laarni lopez says:

    cool tips.. moms would benefit from your advice.. thanks!

    i have an award for you at my blog! http://thejaggedbarn.blogspot.com/2011/10/sunshine-award-2011.html

  2. kiz_me1109 says:

    Thanks Laarni! 🙂

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