Pediatric Broward, Margate and Fort Lauderdale Florida

Baby Nutrition in the First Year: What to Feed Your Baby Now

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, here are the solid foods you can introduce to your baby's diet at each new stage of development.

When What How to Prepare
4-6 months
Single-grain cereals. Also, stage I Baby food is introduced. First, we begin with the yellow vegetables: squash, sweet potato and carrots.
After the yellow comes the green: peas, spinach and green beans. Finally, you will introduce the fruits. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS NOT INSTEAD OF THE FORMULA/BREASTMILK BUT IN ADDITION TO IT.
Mix with baby formula or breast milk, or even water on occasion.You start with ½ of baby jar for Lunch and the other ½ for Dinner. Please use the same kind 4 days continuously.

6-9 months
Baby will advance to stage II. Also, at this age baby can have juices, yogurt (Yo Baby) and cheese.Pureed or strained fruits (bananas, pears, apples, apricots, prunes) Wash all fresh fruits, then bake, boil, or steam until soft. You can puree in either a blender or a food processor, or use a small hand food mill; add a little liquid like breast milk, baby formula, or water at first. Make it watery at first, then use less liquid as your baby gets used to solid foods.
  Pureed or strained vegetables (avocados, carrots, peas, potatoes, squash) Wash all fresh vegetables; then bake, boil, or steam until soft. You can puree in either a blender or a food processor, or use a small hand food mill; add a little liquid like breast milk, baby formula, or water at first. You can use less water for a thicker puree as your baby gets used to the new foods.
9 months and over Baby will start Stage III foods and finger food as tolerated.Mashed fruits and vegetables No need to puree; just cook foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes until soft, or mash up soft foods like bananas and avocados.
  Finger foods like small o-shaped cereals, teething crackers, small pieces of cooked pasta Cut up to make sure the pieces are small enough for your baby to swallow without choking.
  Dairy: small amounts of yogurt, cottage cheese, any pasteurized cheese Cut cheeses into small pieces.
  Eggs Scramble, or hard-boil and cut into small pieces.
  Baby can try eating most of the foods you eat now, if they are cut up or mashed properly so that he can safely chew and swallow. AGAIN FORMULA IS STILL AND IMPORTANT PART OF THE BABY'S DIET, PLEASE AVOID PEANUT BUTTER, SHELL FISH AND SPICY FOOD. As your baby gets more teeth and learns to chew more effectively, he will begin to be able to eat larger pieces of food. Continue to monitor his chewing carefully, and when in doubt, cut pieces smaller than you think necessary. Be especially careful with round, firm foods like grapes and hot dogs, which pose a particular choking hazard to babies. Chop these into very small pieces.
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