As you progress in the addition of solids in your baby's diet, keep in consideration three things:
- Nutrient needs
- Developmental readiness
- The need to detect and control allergies
Soon after adding an iron rich rice cereal, the next most important nutrients to add are vitamins C and A. Offer a vitamin C enriched fruit puree like applesauce, and a dark green or deep orange vegetable, such as pureed carrots or squash.
Adding solids between 4 and 6 months helps to desensitize the gag reflex. Adding foods one at a time, with three days or more in between will help you detect any specific food allergies or sensitivities.
Begin at this stage to shaping these foods into a meal pattern. Have cereal and fruit at breakfast with the rest of the family. Pull the high chair up to the dinner table for baby to eat his cereal and vegetables while you enjoy your dinner and his company.
Food to add at 4 to 6 months: iron fortified rice cereal vitamin C and A rich fruits and vegetables
The following table highlights some of the important nutrients and their requirements for the 0 to 6 month old.
Nutrient Requirements 0 to 6 months
|Vitamin A||375 RE|
|Vitamin C||30 milligrams|