Nutrition & Feeding Guidelines For Your Baby - A Solid Start

Developmental readiness:

By 6 months, it seems like everything goes into their mouths! Your baby now has a delightfully improved ability to communicate. Communication is important when starting solids. Your baby can show his or her hunger by opening their mouth and leaning towards the spoon.  Likewise, your baby will show disinterest by leaning back and pushing away. Your baby can also move food from a spoon to the back of his throat instead of pushing it back out of his mouth with his tongue. Your baby has most likely doubled his birth weight[1].

Age: About 4-6 months

During these months, most babies are introduced to solid foods, although breast milk and infant formula still largely supply their nutritional needs. You will notice that your baby can now control their head better, suck stronger, and mimic what he or she sees in their surrounding environment. Babies may even exhibit the beginning of a palmer grasp, bringing objects to their mouth to bite.

Remember, the food you offer your baby should be nutritionally and developmentally appropriate. An iron fortified infant cereal, such as Earth's Best Organic® Whole Grain Oatmeal or Rice Cereal is a good choice for a first food. Establishing babies on an iron-fortified cereal early on will help secure their iron status throughout infancy and toddlerhood, as iron stores present at birth are depleted (by about 4 months) and your baby gradually starts to drink less formula or breast milk. Whole grain cereal mixed with breast milk or infant formula also provides a good balance of calories from protein, carbohydrates and fat.  Speak to your physician if you feel your child may need additional iron supplementation.

To include vitamins C and A, offer fruit puree like applesauce with added Vitamin C, and a dark green or deep orange vegetable, such as pureed carrots or squash. The Earth's Best® brand offers wide variety of First Fruits and Vegetables to help ensure your baby gets those nutrients. Add foods one at a time, with three days or more in between to help you detect any specific food allergies or sensitivities.

Right from the start, pull your baby’s high chair up to the dinner table so they can enjoy their cereal and vegetables while you eat your dinner alongside them. By the end of this stage, the wider variety of Earth's Best Organic® Second Fruits, Vegetables, Fruit Blends and Dinners can become part of your little one’s diet.

[1] American Academy of Pediatrics

First Prunes

First Prunes

Broccoli Red Lentil Oat Puree

Broccoli Red Lentil Oat

Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Puree

Pumpkin Cranberry Apple