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Foods to Offer Baby:
Your Month-by-Month Guide
4 to 6 months of ageYour baby may enjoy sweet-tasting fruits or veggies as a first food. Though care providers often recommend offering iron-fortified rice as a first food, cooked, mashed sweet potatoes or very ripe bananas also make perfect first foods. They are often more easily accepted and are less likely to cause constipation.
- Ripe, mashed banana or applesauce
- Cooked mashed sweet potato, pumpkin or carrots
- Ripe, mashed avocado
- Iron-fortified rice or barley cereal, mixed to a soupy consistency with breast milk or formula
6 to 9 months of age
Your baby's iron reserves may begin to diminish around this time. Serving pureed meat or dark meat chicken as a part of your baby's diet adds a well-assimilated source of iron that is not likely to cause constipation.
- Single grain iron-fortified rice or barley baby cereal
- Cooked, mashed rice
- Pureed or mashed veggies
- Pureed or mashed beans or lentils, moistened with breast milk, formula or yogurt
- Pureed or mashed and peeled fruit
- Mashed or diced tofu, plain yogurt or grated mild cheese
- Well-cooked, pureed meat or dark-meat chicken
- 100 percent fruit juice -- no citrus or berry juices
9 to 12 months of age
Many babies have their first teeth and begin to enjoy picking up pieces of food. This is a perfect time to consider offering some finger foods to your baby. You may also find that your baby likes a lumpier, rather than pureed, consistency to foods.
- Iron-fortified baby or toddler cereal
- Unsweetened cereal (grains that have been safely offered to baby)
- Mashed potatoes
- Cooked, mashed rice
- Well-cooked, mashed or finely chopped veggies
- Soft, peeled, finely chopped fresh or canned fruit (packed in water)
- Ground or finely chopped well-cooked tender pieces of lean meat or dark-meat chicken
- Well-cooked, mashed beans or lentils
- Mashed or small cubes of tofu
- Small amounts of plain yogurt, cottage cheese, mild cheese
- 100 percent fruit juice -- no citrus or berry juice
Foods for Babies to Avoid
- Honey should never be offered to a baby under one year of age, due to the risk of botulism.
- Citrus or berry fruits and juices should not be offered until your baby is a year old.
- Sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt or spices are unnecessary and should not be added to your baby's food.
- Beets, turnips and dark green veggies, such as spinach, kale, broccoli and turnip greens should not be given to a baby under a year of age. They have too many nitrates for babies.
- Fried foods
Highly Allergenic Foods should not be offered until your baby is over one year of age, or even older if there is a family history of allergies, asthma or skin conditions, such as excema. Highly allergenic foods include:
- Cow's milk
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Fish and shellfish