Introducing Solids with PC Organics Baby

With the arrival of our little guy last month it’s time to start thinking of all of babies firsts again, like when to introduce solid food. While we certainly have some time before we start introducing solids, I am certainly looking forward to it. It was probably one of the highlights of watching Hazel grow and learn that first year. She loved trying new foods and it was fun watching her make both funny faces and a mess as she experimented.

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Not only can introducing solids to a new baby be exciting, it can also be confusing. There are a million questions you will ask yourself like, what do you introduce to them first? When do you introduce certain foods? How much do you give them? I am excited to say that I have partnered with PC Organics  and will be sharing dietitian approved tips and facts to help you make informed decisions in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your little ones.

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Know the Signs
It is recommended to wait until 6 months to introduce solid food. You’ll see several signs when your baby is ready to begin eating solid foods. Some of the signs your child is ready for the transition to begin include;

  1. Holding their heads up and sitting upright in their high chair or seat
  2. Opening their mouths proactively for food when it is offered and turning away when they don’t care for it
  3. Closing their lips over a spoon when its offered, keeping food in their mouth and swallowing.

Take Baby Steps
While it’s exciting to show your baby all of the amazing foods the world has to offer, it’s best to take a slow and steady approach to introducing new foods.

  1. Always introduce new foods when your baby is happy and hungry to ensure a great first impression.
  2. Offer single foods first before offering blends of flavours
  3. If your little one doesn’t like something, try it again another day.

Lead by Example
Your baby learns to eat by watching you. While your entire family is eating together, give your baby the same foods in a form they can eat. They don’t always have to be purees, just make sure the food is cut / mashed into pieces that are easy for the baby to digest and not choke on. Never turn your nose up at a new food in front of your child, they may notice and mimic the behaviour.

Unplug During Meal Times
With todays fast paced lifestyle and modern technology it can be challenging to unwind and disconnect from our favourite electronic devices during meal time. Rather than give into temptation, limit distractions. By putting down your phone and turning off the TV, you are setting a better example, teaching your children to focus on your meal and teaching them that meal time is important. Meal time is a great time for families to connect and share about their day. Families that eat together, eat healthier.

Introduce Iron-Rich Foods First
At around six months of age, the iron stores that babies are born with begin to decline and they need iron-rich foods to meet the nutrient needs of their fast growing bodies. Try boiled or well cooked meats and fish, iron-fortified infant cereals like PC® Organics Mixed Grains baby cereal, tofu, beans and legumes and cooked egg yolks. To help your little one absorb the iron, serve iron-rich foods with fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C. With Hazel I preferred adding my own fresh fruit to the plain cereals versus purchasing the flavoured ones.

Spice Things Up
Let’s be honest, plain veggies can get a little be extremely boring. You can start to introduce extra flavour to your little one’s foods through herbs and spices that are still mild enough for a baby’s palette. While additions like salt add unhealthy sodium to baby’s diet, fresh or dried herbs and spices will introduce them to flavours in new and interesting ways. Try spicing up PC® Organics Strained Sweet Potato & Chicken with a small pinch of cinnamon for an interesting twist. Cinnamon flavoured dishes was one of Hazels favourites when she was first eating solids.

Stay Hydrated
At approximately six months, your baby can learn to drink small amounts of water. Water helps ease digestion, reduce tooth decay and prevents dehydration. During meal time, try allowing your baby to use a lidless cup. With a little patience and practice, they’ll be drinking from a cup alone in no time. This technique is something new for me and something I will be trying with my new little guy!

With Hazel I made a lot of my own food, however the PC food pouches pictured above were super handy for when we were on the go. You can easily squeeze some onto a spoon for your little one or just give it to them directly when they are able to hold it. These pouches are still currently a staple in my cupboards and purse as they provide a quick and nutritious snack for Hazel. Now with two mouths to feed and Hazel being a busy toddler, I don’t have as much time on my hands to make my own food, PC Organics is definitely going to be a life saver for me.

Stayed tuned for PC Organic posts and dietician advice over the next few months.

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure this post was sponsored by Presidents Choice}

6 thoughts on “Introducing Solids with PC Organics Baby

  • October 2, 2015 at 10:42 am
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    “know the signs” what a great recommendation. It’s nice to hear someone tell you to listen to your baby vs. listening to what a book says. GREAT POST!

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  • October 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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    I loved the new foods phase! It was probably my favorite baby phase with both kids! It was so much fun watching the discovery happen on their face! These are great tips!!

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Yes, watching their faces is probably my favourite part too!

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  • October 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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    What a great post! Are you excited for it to start all over again 🙂 We loved PC Organic pouches above all others the price and quality had us sold. It’s funny how long it seems since we were in those days…

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    • October 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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      It goes by way to fast! Time for a 3rd? hehe

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  • December 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm
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    We love using PC food pouches. Evie calls them her squishies.

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