Baby can now move food diagonally in his mouth, hold a cup and spoon and has improved hand-eye coordination. Most babies are able to eat chopped food pieces/table food and can use a spoon with assistance. If you’re baby isn’t there yet don’t worry…it will come soon enough.
Food texture: Finely chopped, soft foods and finger foods. Some babies may still eat some pureed foods at this time.
Foods to introduce:
–Grapes quartered, cut-up citrus fruits, finely chopped raisins, tomatoes and lettuce and whole chopped eggs.
–Most foods when cut up to be small enough are acceptable at this time. Always check with your pediatrician for verification.
Breast milk, formula and other liquids:
–Gradual decline in breast milk and formula: 4-5 nursing sessions and 20-28oz formula (amounts will vary)
–Can replace breast milk or formula with whole milk at one year.
How many meals? Transition from 4 (3 meals 1 snack) to 5 (3 meals and 2 snacks)
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References and Resources
USDA Feeding Infants: A Guide for use in the Child Nutrition Programs
IFIC: Starting Solids: Nutiront Guide for Infants and Children 6 to 18 Months of Age.
World Health Organization Feeding Guidelines
Infant Methemogloginemia: The Role of Dietary Nitrate in Food and Water
Butte N, Cobb J, Dwyer J, Graney L, Heird W, Rickard K. The start healthy feeding guidelines for infants and toddlers. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2004;104(3): 442-450.
Krebs NF and Habidge MK. Complementary feeding: clinically relevant factors affecting timing and composition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007;85(2):639S-645S.
AAP Policy Statement: Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children and Adolescents (Nov. 2008).
AAP Policy Statement: Effects of Early Nutritional Interventions on the Development of Atopic Disease in Infants and Children (Jan 2008).