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  • Saab Magalona Has Started Introducing 4-Month-Old Baby Vito To Solid Foods

    The celebrity mom diluted Vito’s food with her own breast milk.
    by Kate Borbon .
Saab Magalona Has Started Introducing 4-Month-Old Baby Vito To Solid Foods
PHOTO BY courtesy of Instagram/@saabmagalona
  • On Instagram, Saab Magalona-Bacarro has shared a quick clip of her second child, four-month-old Vito, feeding on solid foods for the first time!

    The mom of two wrote, “Kailangan sunggaban? His doctor suggested to try and introduce a little bit of solids to Vito last week. Since he’s only 4 months old, it’s more liquid than solid, really. He’s tried banana and avocado both mixed with my breastmilk. Only one ingredient for 3 days at a time to see if he takes it well.”

    While most of her followers commented about how adorable little Vito is, one asked Saab if Vito is already able to sit up by himself as this is a sign of readiness for solid foods. “My baby will be [4 months old] next week too. [Can’t] wait to ask his pedia if he can eat like that na din,” this follower wrote.

    Saab responded, “Yes he can. I only give him 2-3 tiny spoons of fruit super diluted in breastmilk (very liquid). Once a day lang just so he can get to taste it and practice. After a month baka a little less liquid na and can probably give more. Ask your pedia what they think!”

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    Some parents might be hesitant about introducing solids to their babies that early. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and introducing complementary foods when the child is six months old while continuing to breastfeed for at least 12 more months.

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    However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) nutrition and feeding guide book for breastfed and formula-fed babies, babies can show signs of readiness for solid foods as early as four months of age.

    These signs of readiness include:

    • Your baby can sit in a high chair, feeding seat, or an infant seat with good head control
    • Your baby watches you eat, reaches for your food, and seems eager to be fed
    • Your baby knows how to swallow
    • Your baby weighs at least double his birth weight or close to it

    As for what food you should try giving your baby, the AAP says that the type doesn’t matter. Some try baby cereals, fruits, or vegetables as their baby’s first solid food. Experts advise going for foods that have iron and zinc, which are needed by babies between four and six months old. It’s always a good idea to consult your pediatrician on this.

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    Another important note: The AAP recommends diluting your baby’s food until it is liquid for the first few times. At first, your baby might push the food you give him out of his mouth; that is normal since he might not yet be used to swallowing food. Diluting the food (like what Saab does using her breastmilk) can make it easier for your baby to swallow. You can gradually thicken the texture as time passes.

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