how to introduce feeding so to 5 months baby please suggest any tips

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Updated on Mar 09, 2019

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Answer:
Hi Swathi, As per WHO Recommendations babies should be exclusively breastfed for 6 months, which means that solids should not be given as main feed before 6 months. However, some babies give indications that they are ready for solid feeds before 6 months. If you notice that your baby watches you very closely, when you are eating and mimics your behavior or tries to reach and grab for food then you can try offering a very small amount of pureed food on a spoon or on your clean finger. If your baby opens mouth widely and tries to swallow it and not throws it out, then it means baby is ready for solid feeds. At this age if you start with solid food, make sure that you maintain complete hygiene while preparing or offering new food, food offered should be cooked and in pureed form and offer very little only for making baby taste and try new food. Remember, solid feeds at this age, should not replace Breast milk feeds or other milk feeds and it should still continue to be the main food for your baby. Regarding the foods to start with, start with single foods first like, Rice cereal, apple puree and offer only 1-2 tsp and that too 1-2 times in a day.

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