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Which foods are a good start when feeding solids to my baby?

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If you choose baby cereal (rice, oats, or barley) as your baby’s first solid food, use an iron-fortified cereal product.

To make it, mix powdered cereal with breast milk or baby formula. Over time, you can add less liquid.

Some doctors suggest pureed vegetables as an ideal first food. Others say pureed fruits are fine. Ask your doctor for advice. Unless your doctor has advice, pick a first food that makes you feel good about your choice.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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