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How Much Should My Baby Eat When First Starting Solids?
How Much Should My Baby Eat When First Starting Solids?

The Expected Amount Baby Will Eat at the Beginning of Solids Introduction

Updated over a week ago

Introducing your baby to solid foods is an exciting milestone that comes with many new experiences for both you and your baby. Understanding how much your baby might eat during this transition can help set realistic expectations and ensure a positive introduction to new tastes and textures. Here's what to anticipate:

Initial Feedings:

  • Starting Small: In the beginning, your baby may eat only a teaspoon or two of solid food. It's perfectly normal for babies to consume very little as they adjust to the new experience of eating solids.

Gradual Increase:

  • Building Up: As both you and your baby become more comfortable with mealtime, you can gradually increase the amount of food offered. Aim to work up to about 2 ounces (approximately 4 tablespoons) in one sitting over the first few weeks.

Focus on Exposure:

  • Exploring Tastes and Textures: The primary goal of these early feedings is not to fill your baby up but to introduce them to the wide world of flavors and textures that solid foods offer. This initial phase is more about exploration and learning than about nutrition, which they will continue to get primarily from breast milk or formula.

Key Takeaways:

  • Patience Is Key: Remember, every baby is unique, and their interest in and acceptance of solid foods will vary. Be patient and responsive to your baby's cues.

  • Follow Your Baby's Lead: Let your baby guide you on how much they are ready to eat. Some days they may show more interest than others, which is entirely normal.

Introducing solids is an important developmental step and should be approached with excitement and patience. Starting with small amounts and gradually increasing based on your baby's interest and appetite ensures a smooth transition and sets the foundation for healthy eating habits.

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