New Tastes-Infant

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, there are solid foods you can introduce to your baby’s diet at each stage of development. It’s most important to introduce a baby to new foods gradually, or one at a time, in case of food allergies.

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, there are the solid foods you can introduce to your baby’s diet at each stage of development. Single-grain fortified cereals give your baby iron, an important nutrient he needs now. A baby is born with a natural reserve of iron that begins to deplete around 6 months of age. 6 months is a good time to start.

Mix cereal with baby formula or breast milk, or water on occasion.

It’s most important to introduce a baby to new foods gradually, or one at a time, in case of food allergies. If not, a parent may have trouble tying an allergy to a specific new food. For example, if you give your baby three new foods over the course of a day and she develops an allergic reaction, you won’t know which of the foods provoked it.

You may want to wait until the baby is older to try some of these foods, especially peanuts. In fact, many experts suggest waiting until your child is 3 years before trying peanuts or honey. Ask your pediatrician questions about a food if you are unsure about it.

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