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Introducing solid foods can be a confusing time for parents and caregivers. Use these tips to help you get started.
You can introduce solids at around six months. Solid foods give your baby extra energy, iron and other nutrients needed for healthy growth.
Your baby is ready to start solids when she:
Start your baby with a variety of textures, such as pureed, mashed, finely chopped and lumpy foods. You can also give your baby finger foods starting at six months to help her learn how to feed herself.
Start with iron-rich foods like:
After iron-rich foods, choose foods like:
Tip: You can offer solids before or after you breastfeed or give infant formula.
Try this sample meal plan for feeding your baby.
Try these tips:
Let your baby decide how much she eats. Your baby will will open her mouth when she is hungry. She will shut her mouth, turn her head away or push food away when she is full. Never try to force your baby to eat.
A good starting point is to offer iron-rich foods about two times a day. For example, at breakfast and lunch. Offer 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 mL) of a few foods and see how much your baby eats. Offer more if your baby wants more.
As your baby gets a little older, offer solids three to five times a day at meals and snacks.
It’s normal if your baby eats a different amount from one day to the next.
It may take 8-10 tries or more for your baby accept a new food. This is common. Don’t force your baby to eat. Instead, try these tips:
Try these other tips to encourage your baby to eat solids:
Every baby is different when it comes to learning to eat solid foods. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider or call an EatRight Ontario dietitian at 1-877-510-510-2. You can also send an email.
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