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Baby Feeding Timeline

Introducing new tastes to baby is an exciting time for parents, but it often comes with lots of questions. Below is a general timetable of when to introduce foods from Cooking Light First Foods. By Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.

Follow this general timeline of when to introduce new foods to your baby. Remember to consult your child’s pediatrician with any questions about feeding your baby.*

0 to 4 months:

  • Breast milk or formula

4 to 6 months

Begin to add:

  • Single-grain cereals (rice, oat, and barley)
  • Single-vegetable purees
  • Single-fruit purees

6 to 8 months

Continue to add:

  • Single-grain cereals (rice, oat, and barley)
  • Single-vegetable purees
  • Single-fruit purees

Then add:

  • Mixed grain-and-vegetable purees
  • Mixed grain-and-fruit purees
  • Simple fruit-and-vegetable combinations

8 to 12 months

Add:

  • Chunkier purees
  • Proteins (meat, poultry, fish, and tofu purees; cheese; and yogurt)
  • Very soft finger foods

1 year

Add:

  • Eggs
  • Whole cow’s milk
  • Finger foods
  • Mixed dishes cut into small pieces and served with a spoon

Wean:

  • Formula
  • Baby purees

* We strongly recommend that you consult your child’s pediatrician before modifying any diet or eating regimen, or introducing new categories of food.

 

Excerpted from Cooking Light First Foods, Oxmoor House, © 2010 by Time Home Entertainment Inc.

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