Baby's 6th month

Consult your pediatrician for recommendations in regard to your individual child. You’ll probably be advised to begin with rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. As you move forward, consider introducing the orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, winter squash and carrots first. These have a greater amount of iron than other vegetables and fruits.

A slow and steady pace will enable you to adequately watch for signs of food allergies or intolerance. Be alert for any changes in your baby’s health or moods as you introduce each new foods. Watch for unexplained rashes (including a diaper rash) or hives, changes in his stools, abdominal discomfort, otherwise unexplained crying, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, or any other abnormal changes for your little one. Consult your doctor right away if you suspect such a reaction.

Remember, there is no rush to introduce new foods. While you want to move at a steady pace, there is no harm in feeding a few simple foods for several days or even weeks. Your little one is accustomed to having only one food to this point. Do not worry that he will become bored eating the same foods each day. Unlike you, he’s not yet aware of all the magnificent taste treats in the world.

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