As a first time mom and – let’s be honest – an over thinker, I wanted a step-by-step guide to help me understand how to introduce solid foods to my baby. What foods should I start with, how many servings, could I add spices, what about allergens, should I spoon feed, etc.? Anyone else? Well, if you’re raising your hand yes, you’re in luck!
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I’ve been looking forward to the day I could introduce solid foods to my son since before he was born. Food is a huge part of my life, culture, and my business. Cooking is my love language, my creative outlet and not to mention that our bodies depend on food for survival. So, naturally, when I got the green light from my son’s doctor to start him on solids I was pumped. Finally, my son would be able to join us at the dinner table and taste all my good cookin’. Except…there was one small problem… I wasn’t really sure where to start.
As a first time mom and – let’s be honest – an over thinker, I wanted a blueprint. I wanted a step-by-step guide to help me understand how to introduce solids to my baby – what foods should I start with, how much, could I add spices, what about allergens, etc.?
How to Introduce Solid Foods to Your Baby
Here to help answer some of these questions is Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN, one of the nation’s premier childhood nutrition experts. Jill is the founder and CEO of The Nourished Child®, a parent nutrition education website and podcast. She also serves as an expert reviewer for Parents.com, and has been featured as a guest expert in CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, and many other outlets. She is also the author of numerous books, including, “The Smart Mom’s Guide To starting Solids – How to introduce, advance, and nourish your baby with first foods (and avoid the most common mistakes),” amongst others.
In this episode we cover a lot of ground – best practices when it comes to introducing solids, baby led weaning vs spoon feeding, when and how to expose your child to allergens, the pros and cons of baby pouches, the importance of flavor, and so much more!
If you’re a parent, new or seasoned (no pun intended), this is a conversation you don’t want to miss.