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Babies First Thanksgiving

Between age four to six months, babies are ready to eat solid foods. Once your baby can sit with support and has lost her extrusion reflex: the one that causes her to push out her tongue, then she can take food from a spoon.  She’ll probably start showing interest in other people’s food, making chewing and will open her mouth for a spoon.  

     Babies will start with single food purees, progress to textures and combinations, to finger foods by eight to ten months of age.  Babies making their first Thanksgiving will have a plethora of epicurean delights; pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey, squash, apples, and more. 
Tips for Introducing Foods to Baby 
  • The best time to try is when your child has just woken up from a nap and is well rested.
  • Spit happens- remember bibs are for spit up.
  • Because every child is different,always check with your child’s pediatrician before introducing new foods.
  • Give your baby your undivided attention during mealtime.
  • Use a rubber tipped spoon, or hand feed.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment, use herbs and spices
  • Babies are fickle; they may like it today, but not tomorrow.
  • Watch for cues that he is full.
  • Stick to single, first foods.

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