When your baby turns about five months old, you may want to consider allowing her to try some very first solid foods. If your child can sit up with support and is showing interest in food, it may be time to give it a try.

Many parents are hesitant to take this big step, but it is a necessary part of your child’s growth and development. In order to slowly transition your child from only drinking formula or breast milk to eating real food, follow these steps.

First of all, you are going to need to start your baby on solid foods very slowly by using rice cereal. There are many different types of rice cereal, but the best kinds include probiotics to support your baby’s immune system.

You will need to use a small plate and a spoon to feed your child. Place your baby in his or her high chair. Do not feed the baby in a reclining position. Your child needs to learn that it is normal to eat while sitting up, and it will prevent him from choking.

For the very first rice cereal feeding, you are going to need to mix a lot of formula in with a small amount of cereal until it is watery in its consistency. Your goal for the first feeding is merely to get your child used to sitting in the high chair and eating real food from a spoon. Do not worry about your child having an allergic reaction to the rice cereal, because most babies do just fine.

After the first rice cereal feeding, you can make the cereal a little bit thicker in consistency for the subsequent times. When about a week has passed, your child will be ready to try other foods. When you go to the grocery store, there will be a baby food aisle with foods on it that say they are “first foods.”

Usually, these foods consist of mashed sweet peas, prunes, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, and bananas. You should feed your child one of these types of food for four to five days. You do not want to feed your child two foods at the same time. You need to be able to tell exactly what she is allergic to if the baby has a bad reaction to a food.

After you feed all of these foods to the baby over a period of time and you are sure your child is not allergic to them, you can feel free to feed different types of food on the same day. Your child will tell you when he has had enough by thrusting out his tongue, so do not be afraid of overfeeding.

When it is time for your baby to eat real food, you may become nervous and have many more questions. After all, it is a big step for both of you, but it is a natural part of growing up. Just follow the above guidelines and your pediatrician’s advice, and you will both be fine.