Third & Fourth Foods

Third & Fourth Foods:

By the time your baby is?eight months old they have developed a whole new range of feeding skills (as well as teeth). As babies grow, so do their appetites and in the period between nine and twelve months of age babies begin to source a greater proportion of their nutritional intakes from solid foods. Breast milk or infant formula is still important three times a day as well as solid food.

Encourage self-feeding even if it is messy

It is all a learning experience.?Although your baby may want more "grown-up" foods, be sure to balance their diet with Only Organic Third & Fourth Foods, as well as favourites from the Only Organic First Foods and Second Foods ranges.

Remember that meal times are not just about eating

As your baby grows and develops, feeding and mealtimes are no longer just a time for eating, it’s also a chance for social interaction. Relax and enjoy your baby's food exploration. Introducing new foods is always a process of trial and error.

By the end of baby’s first year they will be eating three meals a day plus snacks as well as breast feeds and/or cups of milk, water, diluted fruit juice. If your baby is bottle fed, now is the time to encourage your baby to have their formula or milk in a cup.

At this age, babies generally try to feed themselves with a spoon by now, often without much success. By the end of this stage, though, your baby may actually get the spoon in their mouth at times.?You can help your baby learn by letting them hold on to the spoon as you feed them.

Now your baby will be eating a big variety of healthy foods with the rest of the family. By 12 months your baby may have up to eight teeth but may not yet have molars. Avoid very hard foods such as pieces of raw carrot, nuts, hard lollies, sausages with tough skin – these foods can cause you baby to choke and are best avoided unless the textures is modified, for example, cook the carrot until soft and offer peanut butter instead of nuts.

Increasing solid food

Every baby is different. Your baby will let you know how much he needs to eat and what he likes or doesn’t. Your baby’s appetite for solid foods may also vary greatly from day to day (especially if your baby is teething,?is unwell or is not growing as fast).

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