Annabel Karmel: Many people have asked me for a book on starting solids to help guide them through the first year of their baby's life. I've met a lot of parents who are confused by conflicting advice from books, doctors, websites, family and friends, so I wanted to write the book to help moms make informed decisions. There are delicious, quick and easy recipes and sound advice on the best "first" foods for kids.
Annabel Karmel: Introducing your baby to solid food should be gradual. Remember that babies progress at different rates and some days are better than others, so don't lose heart. Other tips:
Annabel Karmel: It's difficult to give a [specific] portion size for babies, as some need more food than others and their feeding patterns can change – they eat more food during growth spurts and often eat less when teething. A meat puree, for example, will be so much more filling than a fruit puree, so a baby may eat different quantities. As they get mobile, babies' appetites tend to increase. They also know when they've had enough food (they'll stop eating), so don't worry too much about portion size.
Annabel Karmel: It's vital to introduce good eating habits right from the start; a varied diet will help babies' tastes develop. The best time for introducing new foods and textures is between 6 and 12 months of age. That's when babies are generally good eaters. Their growth rate slows down after a year and life becomes more interesting as they are mobile and often less inclined to remain in their high chair. If you can develop their interest in food early on with fresh, home-cooked meals, your child will be a less-fussy, healthier eater.
Learn more about Starting Solids at www.annabelkarmel.com.
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