Starting solids, especially with your first baby, can bring equal amounts of both excitement and fear or nervousness.
Or maybe the fear outweighs any excitement. That’s okay! This is something new, and adjusting to a new phase with your baby always comes with lots of unknowns.
As a new mom, I remember watching the nurse give my son his very first bath the day after he was born. My husband and I watched, in shock, with the way that she seemed to be manhandling our baby (from our perspective). I was thinking, OMG YOU’RE GONNA BREAK HIM!! Be gentle! It took me some time before I was confident enough to care for him without worrying that I’d somehow break him or do something wrong.
Starting solids can feel the same way. It’s this whole new world, and there are so many foods and how do you know what’s okay or not and when is it okay and how do you offer it and what if I do something wrong???? The reality is, there is not much you can royally screw up with feeding them, as long as you follow a few simple DOs and DON’Ts. Of course questions will pop up along the way, but there is no one specific, best path to follow when feeding your baby. They all have different preferences and will advance at different rates.
This guide strips away the nice to know info to only give exactly what you need to know to get started. The reality of parenting is that we don’t have a ton of brainspace to devote to becoming an expert on something when you’ve already got a lot going on. So I’m asking you to put your faith in me and my expertise as a Registered Dietitian who specializes in early childhood nutrition. I promise you that if you follow the guidelines I’ve outlined here, you WILL be ready to feed your baby well.