The Best Time of the Day for the Very First Meal
The best time to give your baby her very first meal is in the morning or early afternoon. Sometimes babies have allergic reactions to foods. If you feed her in the evening, and she does have a reaction, it will probably occur in the middle of the night. It's better for you, the parent, if you dont't have to comfort a gassy baby at 2am, while you're tired and half asleep.
There is another reason why you should feed your baby during the earlier part of the day. It is usually a time when your baby (and you!) is not tired or colicky, as he maybe toward evening. We want everybody happy and energetic when your baby has his first special meal. Choose a time when your baby is not tired, fussy or cranky, such as after his morning nap.
Give Your Baby His Very First Meal When He is Not Too Hungry.
Yes, when he is not too hungry. He should be hungry enough to want to eat, but not ravenous. A too-hungry baby urgently wanting to eat may become frustrated during this new unfamiliar eating method, with this strange contraption called spoon. Feed him his very first meal after he has had a partial breast or bottle feeding. Give him half a feeding, then introduce his first solid food, and then finish the feeding. Giving him a partial feeding will also help to maintain his milk intake. Or you can give him his first solid food halfway through the time between two breast or bottle feedings, when he's just a little hungry.