Starting Solids

Break out the bibs! Introducing solids is a fun (and messy!) milestone for your baby. Here are some tips to help you with this important introduction to the world of food.

10 Great Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Making homemade baby food is the best way to ensure your little one is eating a safe and healthy meal. Fill your tot's tummy with these tasty baby food recipes. Opt for organic produce, if possible. Many of these recipes freeze well for a few months. read more

Babies and Solid Foods

Learn what types of solid food are appropriate for a ten-month-old. read more

Baby Food: To Buy or To Make?

Baby Food: To Buy or To Make? Homemade or store-bought? For some parents, the decision is easy: stock up on small jars of pureed fruits, vegetables, and meats. Others opt to do it themselves, preparing baby food at home. Even though time is spent in planning and preparation, homemade baby food cuts costs. But homemade foods for baby aren't necessarily nutritionally superior. For example, all ready-to-eat baby fruits in jars are fortified with vitamin C; there is little produce suitable for babies that can boast similar levels in its natural state. read more

Foods to Avoid Feeding Baby

Growing babies soon start to show interest in trying new foods, and it's normal to want to introduce them to new tastes and textures. But not all foods are safe for your baby. Here is a list of foods you should avoid feeding your baby during the first year of growth. read more

Four Months to One Year: Dietary Milestones

Four Months to One Year: Dietary MilestonesBabies change a lot between four and twelve months. During this critical period of growth, an infant's physical development not only affects what they eat, but how. In eight months, infants go from total dependence on breast milk or formula to consuming finger foods and drinking from a sippy cup while sitting up. read more

From Birth to Four Months: Dietary Milestones

From Birth to Four Months: Dietary MilestonesYou've delivered your bundle of joy. Now what? Well, newborns generally sleep a lot. When he's not snoozing, your baby is usually eating, getting his diaper or outfit changed, or being cuddled by Mom, Dad, and other family members, or friends. read more

Fun Finger Foods for Your Baby

Fun Finger Foods for Your Baby Babyproofing Until your baby can chew, stay with your baby when he has a hard finger food (a bagel, for instance). If he breaks off a piece, quickly sweep it out with your finger so that your baby won't choke on it. Babyproofing Certain finger foods present a serious choking hazard. So be sure to store popcorn, nuts, hard candies, and other dangerous finger foods well out of your baby's reach. read more

Giving Your Baby Solid Foods for the First Time

Giving Your Baby Solid Foods for the First Time When giving your baby solid foods for the first time, take it slow and easy. Your child is not likely to sit down to three square meals of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and protein. First foods are only intended to supplement, not instantly replace, bottle- or breast-feeding. Breast milk and/or formula should still make up the bulk of your baby's diet for the first month or two of solid feedings. read more

Honey and Infants

Honey should never be given to infants less than one year in age, because it may cause a rare type of food poisoning (infant botulism). read more

How to Make Baby's Mealtime Easier

How to Make Baby's Mealtime Easier From the beginning, try to offer your baby a degree of independence when feeding him. Letting your baby feed himself (or at least take part in feedings) not only gives him a degree of independence, it's also a great way to improve his hand-eye coordination and overall manual dexterity. The food that makes it all the way into your baby's mouth and then down to his stomach serves as a positive reward for your baby's efforts to coordinate hand, eye, and mouth. read more

How to Tell If Your Baby Likes a New Food

How to Tell If Your Baby Likes a New Food Don't ignore your baby's signals about eating. Don't be deceived by facial expressions, though. If your child makes a face when tasting something new, he may be reacting to the novelty of the experience as much as the new taste itself. So, despite the face he makes, offer your baby a second spoonful. If he opens his mouth for more, you know you have a hit. read more

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods? Your baby will give you clues that indicate his readiness for solid foods. These clues include the following: read more

Making and Feeding Baby Solid Foods: Stage 1

Making and Feeding Baby Solid Foods: Stage 1 Let's get started! Stage 1 solid foods for baby include single fruit and vegetable purees, and baby cereals. read more

Making the Move to "Real Foods" for Baby

Making the Move to "Real Foods" for Baby Introducing solids to the baby should be a matter between you, your baby, and your pediatrician. There are many schools of thought on the subject. Earlier generations of moms, for example, believed that starting solids early was necessary to get a child to sleep through the night. Cereal may help a child feel fuller, but many children who are not given solids early sleep through the night, too. read more

Starting Baby on Solids

Starting Baby on Solids Although you might choose to nurse past six months, at this point your growing baby will need more calories and iron than breast milk or formulas alone can supply. Generally, pediatricians recommend beginning solid foods between four and six months. Here are some strategies for getting started: read more

Starting Baby on Solids: Give Milk First

Starting Baby on Solids: Give Milk First Introducing solid foods to your baby can be stressful, especially if you have a fussy eater. read more

Starting Solids

Starting SolidsParents often tell me that once they got the hang of it, learning to feed a newborn was a relative breeze compared to introducing solids to an older infant. I agree. As someone who has been through the transition three times, I know that it is rarely smooth and certainly not predictable. The security and ease of nourishing your child with breast milk or infant formula vanishes when solids enter the picture, particularly when babies develop teeth (and begin biting you during nursing) or become distracted by what's going on around them when you're giving them a bottle. read more

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods Starting your baby on solid foods is the beginning of lifelong eating habits that will contribute to his or her overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your child only breast milk or formula for the first four to six months of life. After that, a combination of solid foods and breast milk or formula should be given until your baby is at least a year old. After babies reach six months, their nutritional needs call for more than what breast milk or formula can provide alone. read more

Starting Your Breastfed Baby on Solid Foods

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Timetable for Introducing Cereal to Infants

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend introducing cereal and other solid foods until four to six months of age. read more

Tips on Beginning Solid Foods

Tips on Beginning Solid Foods Babies usually start eating true solid foods just around six months, and it's not recommended they start before that. There are many reasons for this, but in a nutshell, it's about baby's digestive tract being fully developed, choking hazards, allergies, and the simple fact that you could overfeed your baby. They just don't need that much food and the difference between breastfeeding and formula versus foods is that they can tell you, by stopping, when they're full. read more

Top 9 Choking Foods

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one child dies every five days from choking on food, making it the leading cause of death in children ages 14 and under. The AAP is calling for the food industry to change the design and labels of foods that pose a choking risk to young children. Read on to discover the biggest choking hazards, and find ways to make them a little safer for your child. Looking for more tips? read more

Warning: Avoid These Foods with Baby

Warning: Avoid These Foods with Baby Your baby will probably eat almost anything you offer her, so do your best to make sure that the foods you offer her are safe. Foods to avoid include: read more

What to Feed Your Baby

What to Feed Your Baby Babyproofing If you make your own baby food, always cook it thoroughly, especially meat, poultry, and fish. Never feed raw or even softcooked eggs to your baby. (Indeed, most pediatricians would advise you to hold off on eggs altogether until after your baby's first birthday.) read more

When Is Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

When Is Baby Ready for Solid Foods? Starting solid foods with your baby is exciting, but can also be stressful. When do you start? What foods do you give? How? read more