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Starting Solids

When should I introduce solid food to my baby? As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months.

4-6 months
  • She has head control and can eat in a sitting position.
  • Her extrusion reflex has disappeared.
  • She’s curious about food.
Cereals

Single-grain rice cereal

Oatmeal

Mix a little with breast milk or formula and feed it to your baby from a rubber-tipped spoon. Start with a fairly watered-down version and gradually thicken the consis-tency as she becomes more comfortable.As she transitions to solids, she’ll only need a few teaspoons of a time.

These first foods are complements, not substitutions for breast milk or formula. Once she has the hang of eating cereal off a spoon, it’s time to introduce fruits and vegetables.

6-8 months
  • Introduce 1 new food at a time.
  • Thin thicker foods with breast milk or formula.
  • Start with mild-tasting fruits and vegetables, such as peas and apples.
  • Buy (or prepare) purees with a very smooth texture.
  • Strain homemade purees to remove graininess.
  • Peel fruits and veggies with think or fibrous skins.
  • Introduce meat into your baby’s diet, too.
Fruits
  • Avocados
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Bananas
  • Prunes
  • Mangoes
Vegetables
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Yellow Squash
Protein
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lentils
8-10 months

It's now okay to offer combinations—just make sure there isn’t more than one food in the mix that he hasn’t tried.

Texture-sensitive babies may start tolerating coaser purees, so fruits, vegetables, and protiens that were hard to get perfectly smooth before, like green beans and beef, may prove more acceptable to your child. At this age, babies can handle the fiber found in heartier fruits and veggies like blueberries and broccoli. It’s also a good time to introduce new forms of protein, like fish and tofu.

Fruits
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Melons
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Mangos
Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
Meat
  • Fish
  • Tofu
10—12 Months
  • Cut items into small pieces.
  • Foods Should mash easily so they are able to be gummed.
  • Talk to your pediatrician about allergy risks.
  • Introduce acidic foods slowly.
Fruits
  • Nectarines
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberry
  • Cherries
  • Oranges
  • Cereal
Vegetables
  • Tomatoes
Meat
  • Eggs
Cereals
  • Pasta

This chart is conservative in nature. It should not be used to replace the advice of your doctor. Foods are grouped by age relative to ease of digestibility, taste, texture and possible allergy risks for baby’s stage.
Always consult your baby’s pediatrician about introducing new foods, and feeding your baby.

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