Here’s what you should know about introducing solid food into your baby’s diet:

  1. Nutritionally, solid foods are unnecessary during the first six months. Breast milk or formula will provide all the nourishment your baby needs during this time. Early introduction of baby foods does not help a baby sleep, despite the myths to the contrary.
  2. The earlier any food is introduced, the greater likelihood your baby will have problems with it. We usually recommend starting with rice or oatmeal cereal at four to six months. Then you may try different cereals (except high-protein or mixed).
  3. All solid foods for your baby should be mashed or pureed until we permit chunkier foods.

Adding Foods

After six months, if the baby is still hungry, introduce one new food every three to four days. The order of introduction is not important. Let your baby be your guide as you explore individual likes or dislikes. Your baby might reject a food this month and love it next month.

High-allergy-type foods (e.g., eggs, dairy products, fish, peanut butter) may be introduced at six months after some  cereal, fruits and veggies have been tried.  These foods should also be given one at a time to monitor for a reaction that is different from any reaction to less allergic foods.  If you have any concern about starting a food, contact us or ask at any office visit.