Solid foods, the next step in baby’s diet
Breast milk is the primary source of nutrition for babies under one year of age. The addition of solids is a milestone in baby’s growth and development. Solid foods are important because it helps baby develop the ability to swallow foods of various consistency and also decreases the likelihood of developing allergies to foods as they grow.
Tips for starting solids
- Wait until baby turns about 6 months old
- Do not force your baby to eat or finish all his food
- Avoid adding salt, sugar, fats, or other seasonings to the food
- If you have a family history of allergies, there may be foods you want to avoid giving your baby.
- Check with your baby’s doctor before making changes to baby’s diet.