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Solid Foods

There’s a lot to consider when introducing solid foods for the first time. Keep in mind that breastfeeding your baby should still be the main focus for nutrition. Introducing solid foods is just a fun way to explore new flavors & texture!

The Basics

• Fruits & vegetables are great first foods that can be introduced in any order. Offer fruits & vegetables of all colors for great array of nutrients.
• At 6 months of age, babies need additional iron & zinc. Good sources of iron/zinc: beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, unprocessed ground meat/seafood, eggs, nut/seed butter, whole wheat cereal, beets, potatoes with skin, canned tomatoes/sauce, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, leafy greens, prunes.
• Once traditional foods are well-tolerated, introduce fish & seafood, wheat, eggs, cheese, yogurt, nut butters & soy (tofu, soy nut butter) may be introduced at 6 months. Recent studies indicate that introducing allergenic foods as early as 6 months may protect them from developing future food allergies (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology). Introduce these foods one at a time to rule out an allergy. Parents of children who have experienced eczema or with a strong family history of atopic disease should consult a pediatrician before introducing potentially allergenic foods.
• Nut butters should be smooth and creamy, and mixed into fruit purées or spread on whole wheat toast/crackers as a finger food.
• Avoid honey and cow’s milk until 12 months of age.
• Enhance flavor by adding spices & herbs (avoid those with added ingredients such as sugar, sodium, MSG and dyes).
• Keep portions small & avoid the “clean-your-plate method. Making babies eat more or less than they need or want may interfere with their ability to self-regulate.

Saving Green & Going Green

Not only do you save money by making your own baby food, but you save a ton of glass jars from going into landfills.
According to Baby Center, store bought baby food on average costs $50 to $100 monthly. Baby food jars & pouches can run $1 or more each, & your little one is likely to eat 3-6 daily. In fact, according to the book Baby Bargains, the average baby eats 600 jars of baby food. In reality babies can eat most of the foods you already have in your home, with a little prep work!


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