There is no hurry to start your baby on solid foods. When your baby is around six or seven months old, he/she will likely start showing interest in solids. You will know your baby is interested because he/she will likely grab at food on your plate or try to snatch food from your hands. If your baby is able to sit up on his/her own and is showing signs of readiness, then you may decide to introduce solid foods.The purpose of starting solid foods at this age is to introduce your baby to different food textures. Your baby is already familiar with the tastes if you have been breastfeeding. Solid foods will not be a primary food source at this age. Your baby will still need to get all of his primary nutrition through breastmilk or formula. Babies only eat 1-2T in a full day. You should breast or bottle feed the baby first and then offer small amounts of food. Solid food experimentation should not replace nursing/bottle feeding. It's something that should be offered in addition to their primary diet of breastmilk or formula. Here is a general guideline for good first foods for your baby.
These foods are hypoallergenic and high in iron. Puree or mash food. Some foods will have to be steamed to soften. You can mix in a little breastmilk or formula to thin it.)
These foods are high in zinc and supportive of a developing immune system
black strap molasses
split pea soup
High in bulk and zinc
High in B Vitamins and Calcium
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High in Protein
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I am a certified birth doula (BAI) in Charlotte, NC . I provide information and support to pregnant individuals and couples so they can have satisfying and empowering births. I am a married mother of 4 trying to navigate life, unafraid of sharing my truly JACK'd up missteps.