Homemade baby food recipes are the healthiest option when it comes to feeding your baby. These are also easy to make and store. Babies start to eat solids at 6 months and it should be pureed. Purees can easily be made from fruits and vegetables and they are far healthier than jarred foods as they are fresh and only require one or two ingredients. Please read these tips to start solid foods before you start preparing solid foods for your baby. Safety should be considered first above all just like what you did in planning for your pregnancy diet. Tips To Start Solid Foods Solid foods are usually introduced sometime between four to six months and the key sign you should look for to see that your baby is ready for solids such as the ability to chew. Observe your baby to check the best time to feed your baby within the day, for example before, after, or at a divided time from formula or breastfeeding. Introduce solids to your baby gradually to check for food allergies, do it by taking note of the food ingredients, give the food at a time, and wait three to four days before introducing another. Use a teaspoon first or smaller than that when you are first introducing solid foods and the gradually shift to a tablespoon or more as your baby grows and tolerate eating solid foods. Consult your health care provider if your baby won't eat any solid foods by the time he is seven to 8 months. In most cases, an iron fortified rice cereal is the first solid food that your baby should eat. And continue to try on other cereals, like oatmeal, and then slowly introduce strained fruits, vegetables and lastly, meat. Don't stress yourself too much in introducing solids, your baby would reach a stage when he/she will like to eat everything. Overfeeding You are over feeding your baby if you use the feeding as a reward to a good behaviour or expect your baby to finish their food even if he is not hungry. It also occur when babies are instantly fed as a response to crying, when bottle or breast feeding is used as a distraction or activity, or when you allow keeping the bottle with your baby at all times. As a result, this can cause reflux, diarrhea or even obesity. You are giving more nutrition than a baby needs for healthy growth and development. So take note of this while you prepare your baby food recipes.