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.

By Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.
Updated: June 09, 2014

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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