Introducing Solids – 6 Months

Introducing Solids – 6 Months

BY ANN FREY, RDN, LD

Introducing solids is an important time for baby’s development, as they are exploring new foods, textures, smells, and tastes. However, solids foods at this age are intended as complements to breast milk rather than replacements. Breast milk or formula should be your baby’s main source of nutrition until age 1.

Some suggested food textures for 6-8 months are as follows: Start with purees first, then add mashed and finely chopped foods. If you are doing baby lead weaning, make sure foods are cut into strips of foods that baby can easily hold and are big enough to prevent choking.

Foods Serving Size Recommended
Servings Per
Day
Grains Baby Cereal – 2-3 tbsp OR
Bread or Crackers – 1/4 slice or
2 crackers
2x/day      
Offer
Fruits 2-3 tbsp 2x/day
Vegetables 2-3 tbsp 2x/day
Meats/Protein 1-2 tbsp 1x/day
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