Guidelines for Babies

Finger Foods for Balanced Nutrition

The Bread and Cereal Group: teething biscuits, dry, unsweetened cereal without nuts, honey or dried fruit, bagel (stale ones make good teething rings), toast, graham crackers, whole grain crackers, pasta, mini sandwiches filled with mashed banana mixed with peanut butter, or filled with cottage cheese and grated apple.

Fruits and Vegetables: banana slices, ripe papaya sticks, avocado slices, soft cooked apple wedges, soft cooked sweet potato sticks, orange sections with membrane removedProtein Food: chopped cooked egg yolk, shredded cheese pressed into a ball for easy pick up, cubes of soft cheese, tofu sticks, pieces of tender cooked flaked fish, scrambled eggDairy foods: grated cheese, cubes of soft cheese, lumps of cottage cheese.

Nutrient Requirements 7 to 12 months

Protein 14 grams
Iron 10 milligrams
Calcium 600 milligrams
Vitamin A 375 RE
Vitamin C 35 milligrams

The following guide is very general, and is to be used only as a flexible schedule for introducing solids into your baby's diet.

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