Starting Solid Foods: One at a Time

Starting Solid Foods: One at a Time

So far, it's just been breast milk or formula, or both. Now your baby is ready for starting solid foods. The best plan is to start slowly and then introduce one new food 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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Our pediatrician recommended holding off from introducing cereals. Veggies and fruits were suggested to come first.

No cereal in bottle

JC 11/24/2015

Thank you for the mention of not adding cereal to the bottle. Although it was recommended by more experienced mom, it felt unsafe for my son.



My baby loves his fruits and veggies

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Mandee 11/21/2015

My baby boy sure does have no problem opening up his mouth for the cereal fruits combo!


Nicole 11/17/2015

My son wasn't keen on cereal until I mixed it with fruit or used flavored cereal.

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