Food Ideas for a 4 Month Old Baby

Food ideas for 4 month old babies

Posted in 4 Months Nutrition, 4+ Months, Baby's First Foods

Introducing your baby to their first taste of solids is one of the most exciting and memorable developmental milestones for your little one! It can be exciting but also quite daunting when your Little Foodie is about to embark on their food journey and off to explore different flavours and textures!

 

 

Can I introduce solids to baby at 4 months old?

 

Most bubs begin to show signs that they are ready to be introduced to solids at around the 4 to 6 months mark. It’s important to remember that every baby is different and these indicators may  happen at different stages.

 

Every child is different, and as a parent, it is you who will ultimately decide what works best for you and your baby. However, health professionals unanimously recommend not to start introducing solids before 4 months.

 

Every bub is unique and they develop at their own rate, but here are some signs to keep an eye out for that will indicate bub is potentially ready to start getting a taste of solids!

 

  • Sitting upright when supported and demonstrating good head and neck control.

 

When bub is able to control their upper body well, this means that they have started to develop the motor skills that they need to bite, chew and swallow.

 

  • Increased interest in food.

 

At this stage, you might have caught bub watching you with intent as you eat, and they may even try to reach for your food.

 

  • Opening their mouth when offered food with a spoon.

 

Bub is ready for solids when they lose their tongue thrust reflex. If they push food out of their mouth with their tongue, it means they are not ready yet.

 

It may take quite a while before bub happily accepts their first taste of food so do not be discouraged if bub initially dislikes it. Usually, it takes them 8-10 times of tasting before getting used to the flavours and textures. Keep on trying and don't give up!

 

 

What can I feed my 4 month old bub?

 

Here are some food ideas for 4 month bubs from our resident nutritionist Teri Lichtenstein:

Food Ideas Charts for 4 Month Old Baby

  • Soft roasted vegetables, mashed or cut into finger strips for baby to hold

 

  • Grated zucchini

 

  • Pureed / mashed tofu

 

  • Iron-fortified cereal such as Rafferty’s Garden Organic Baby Rice Cereal. This delicious and nutritious cereal is made from organic wholegrain brown rice and is a great source of iron, which is essential for bub’s growth and development. You can soften it with formula or breast milk.

 

  • Watermelon pieces (pips & skins removed)

 

  • Steamed & pureed vegetable pieces such as sweet potato, pumpkin or carrot. These should be very soft and keep the skin on (where possible) for extra fibre.

 

 

  • Well mashed Lentils (canned or dried and cooked). This can be mixed with almost anything and made into a variety of recipes! Make sure to water down so that consistency is not too thick for bub.

 

  • Soft cooked fruits (steamed or stewed with water) such as apple, peach or pear.

 

  • Soft mashed raw fruits such as avocado, kiwi fruit or banana

 

 

  • Well-mashed legumes (e.g. baked beans) with no added salt

 

  • Omelette strips

 

You can also let bub explore fruit and veggie flavours by giving them soft, smooth pureed food they will love. You can check out Rafferty’s Garden Smooth range, which are made with real  fruits and veggies perfect for your Little Foodie!

 

For more advice on bub’s food journey, you can check out our post on Five Signs Your Baby Is Ready For Solids and our guide on How To Be Prepared For Your Baby’s First Foods.

 

 

 

These foods should only be fed to babies over 4 months old. They must be seated in an upright position to reduce the possibility of choking. Always supervise your baby when they are eating.

 

Resources:

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/81769/53063_start_them_right_booklet_spreads.pdf

http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/services/az/other/nutrition/documents/First_Foods.pdf

https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/the_guidelines/n56b_infant_feeding_summary_130808.pdf

http://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Cookbook_160x160mm_LR.PDF

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About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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