The Solid Food Progress Timeline
Step 1: Rice cereal or plain porridge
Rice cereal with a little bit of breast milk (formula) is a common first food for baby. It’s generally well-tolerated with low potential for allergy.
Step 2: Vegetables
Vegetables are full of nutrients and not as sweet as fruits. However, it is highly important to introduce the natural taste of vege before introducing the sweetness of fruits. Once their palette are well train, other variety of taste are easy to introduce later on. Puréed vegetables such as sweet potatoes or carrots are easy to cook and mash.
Step 3: Fruit
Introduce fruit after vegetables. If fruit is the first food, baby might expect every food to taste sweet; an important factor considering that food tastes formed early in life can persist. Don’t underestimate the baby palette for accepting vege. Generally, babies can handle vege taste BEFORE they tasted fruits.
Step 4: Higher-protein foods
This includes well-cooked and mashed beans/lentils/green peas, and finely chopped or blended meats. Try to approach white meat first before the red. It can take a while for the infant’s GI tract to adjust.