At six months, experts recommend offering your baby a new food in the morning so you can monitor the baby for any possible allergic reactions.
In the coming weeks, you can introduce a second feeding at lunch or dinner.
Each baby wakes and eats differently.
Follow your baby’s cues for a schedule that works for your family.
At this stage, breast milk or formula is your child’s primary source of nutrition and fluids.
You will always nurse or bottle-feed your baby first and a few hours later offer your baby a solid food.
If your baby is too hungry, generally the solid feeding will not go well.
If your baby is too full from nursing or formula, your baby will probably be disinterested in eating the solid food you are offering.
You may not want to start out offering solids multiple times a day. Most parents start off by offering solids once a day and work their way up to three times a day around 8-9 months.
I want to reinforce that all mommies should find a schedule that works for you and your baby. Some babies nurse on-demand and a feeding schedule might be more flexible.
Example Feeding Schedule:
6 am: Nurse or bottle-feed
8 am: Breakfast
10 am: Nurse or bottle-feed
12 pm: Lunch
2 pm: Nurse or bottle-feed
4-5 pm Dinner
6 pm: Nurse or bottle-feed
It is completely normal if a baby eat 1 TBSP or even 2 TBSP of one food group and not eat the others during a meal. Studies show that it evens out throughout the week and it is completely normal and healthy. As the parent, just keep offering your child healthy food options with each meal.
Check out our ultimate guide to introducing solid foods to your baby. The article is so incredibly informative! Make sure you bookmark it.
And our video series covering what I wish someone told me when I was introducing solid foods to my twins.
Here is Part I of Introducing Solid Food to Your Baby
Here is Part II of Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby