The road from liquids to solids is paved with mixed emotions and lots of paper towels. This milestone is one for the baby books, and we’ve got some insight to help. When babies start eating new foods, their systems need to take time to get used to each one. Not only can new foods upset baby tummies, they can also increase the odds of diaper rash. You might not always think about it, but any new food that goes in can change the contents of what comes out, too.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as baby transitions into new kinds of food:
- Know common culprits. Acidic foods are a common culprit for diaper rashes. Be on the lookout for foods with tomatoes, peaches or citrus in them. They might make it down okay, but can do a number on baby’s skin on the way out.
- Breast milk counts, too. Breast-fed babies get a taste of everything you do. If baby’s not into solids yet, but has some tummy upsets or diaper irritation after you’ve eaten something different lately, they might be connected. Step back into more familiar territory for a while to help clear it away.
- One at a time. The best way to isolate what might cause your little one tummy unrest is to introduce new foods one at a time. Start with something safe and simple like rice cereal. Plan to take a few days with each one – there’s no need to rush. Then when you’ve got a few days in the clear, move on to something else for a few days.
- Keep track. You’ve got enough to remember these days, but if you write down each new food as you introduce it, you won’t have to worry about remembering it in the first place. Keep notes about what baby’s had and any reactions to help you pinpoint any irritants that might crop up later.
- Count on Dr. Smith’s®. If baby’s transitions into new foods lead to new diaper sensitivity, apply some Dr. Smith’s® Diaper Rash Ointment or Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray. It’s a constant barrier you can count on to protect and soothe baby’s skin even as baby’s taste buds are exploring new territory.