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Starting Solid Foods: One at a Time

Starting Solid Foods: One at a Time

Although breast milk or formula will continue to be the most important part of your baby's diet for at least the next few months, now's the time to start introducing solids. Start out slowly. Adults appreciate variety at meals, but a baby needs to ease into eating.

Try these tips:

  • Start with cereal.
    Fortified hot cereal is a good source of iron and B vitamins, as well as of the calories your baby needs. Eating small amounts of simple cereals (rice or barley mixed with breast milk or formula) from a spoon twice a day helps your baby learn how to eat solid food.
  • Move on to vegetables, then fruits.
    Babies are more inclined to acquire a taste for vegetables if you hold off on sweet foods. Begin by offering pureed vegetables such as green beans or peas at midday; eventually, add strained or mashed fruit (bananas, plain unsweetened applesauce) in the morning.
  • Check for allergies.
    Wait five to seven days before introducing new menu items so that you can be sure your baby isn't sensitive to the previous food.
  • At mealtimes, hold your baby upright in your lap or in an infant seat.
    Use a small spoon. If she sticks her tongue out, give her a few more tries and then back off for a week or two. As she matures, the tongue thrusting will stop.
  • Avoid feeding cereal in a bottle.
    Your baby needs to learn how to use her mouth with solids.

Have patience when feeding and rest assured that your baby will eventually learn to eat. Don’t we all!

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awesome

5/3/2016
very helpful advice for new moms

First foods

Sarah 5/1/2016
My baby is almost 7 months. She started rice cereal about 4 months. Now she is working in veggies fruit and started adding meat. She seems to eat everything she has been introduced to, I'm not sure if because she is breastfed and she is used to different taste already, so far she has not protested to anything and doesn't seem to have any problems

jocelyn

jocy 4/26/2016
Great tips and advice on solids.

twins

4/17/2016
I gave my twin boys solid pureed smooth food at 3 months old. They loved it and wanted to have it. They shared a small container of fruit in the morning with 6 ounces each of milk. In the afternoon they shared a small container of vegetables with 6 ounces of milk. Make your own baby food- I was able to do it no problem with tons of free time.

Starting solids

Julie 4/14/2016
Great tips on starting solids!