Breast milk or infant formula will be all your baby needs until he or she is around 6 months old. Then, the mush fest begins. At six months, most babies will be ready to add “solid” food to the menu, which is a process starting with iron-fortified infant cereal followed by pureed and strained fruits, veggies and meats, grains and dairy products. Your pediatrician will give you a list of new foods to try at each well-child visit. Use that as a guide and keep up your infant formula (toddler baby formula) or breastfeeding routine until your baby is a year old, which is when it’s time to introduce cow’s milk. Keep in mind that you can’t feed your baby everything during that first year because some foods are unsafe or just not a good idea to introduce to a baby’s expanding palate. Here’s a list of solids not recommended for infants. They get the red light until your baby is at least one year of age.
Sandra Gordon is a consumer products expert, a writer, and a mother of two. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show and as a baby safety expert on The Discovery Health Channel's “Make Room for Baby.” A Consumer Reports author, her latest book is Save a Bundle: 50+ Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear.
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