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3 Simple Ways To Transition Your Baby To Solid Foods

By Kristi Pahr

One great thing about parenting is that there are always multiple ways to do everything. From where your baby sleeps, to what you bathe them with, to what kind of diapers you use, if one method  doesn’t work for your family, there is always a plan B.

In this case, introducing solid food to your little one is no different. There are so many options on how and even when to introduce solids that when your little one is ready to start transitioning away from breast or bottle, you’re bound to find something that works well for your baby’s specific needs and your family’s budget. Of course, it's always good to talk to a trusted medical professional in your life about decisions when it comes to feeding your baby. Children develop at all different stages, and there is no right or wrong way to nourish your baby, as long as it's the best fit for your child as an individual. 

While some babies may jump away from the bottle with ease, others may struggle or need to test a few alternative approaches before getting into solid foods. These three approaches are a great foundation for exploring the transition away from liquids to solids when the time is right for you and your baby.

Make your own organic purees at home.

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Making homemade baby food is the gold standard for many families. Countless moms-to-be imagine puttering around the kitchen, boiling, baking, or steaming then pureeing up organic, local veggies and having a pantry or cupboard full of colorful jars ready and waiting for baby’s next meal time. And luckily, modern technology means this dream is a very achievable reality. There are kitchen gadgets that make babyfood making a breeze.

According to Momtastic, making your own homemade purees is a fairly simple and straightforward process.  

  1. Cook your fruit or veggies by steaming, boiling, microwaving. Steaming makes for more nutritious purees, and using an electric pressure cooker is super simple. 
  2. Place cooked food into food processor and set to puree.
  3. Add liquid to desired consistency. Breastmilk, formula, or plain water are all perfect choices. 
  4. Store! Ice cube trays are a great option for storing your purees. Each cube is a serving! Easy peasy!