From 4 to 6 months of age
Even though many pediatricians recommend not introducing solid foods before the age of 6 months, many others say that it is safe to offer appropriate foods to 4 month old babies. Again, trust your own judgement when making this call.
The first solid foods your little one is introduced to should be very soft and gentle for your baby’s tummy – these may include:
- Rice or oatmeal (these cereals have the smallest allergenic potential and are usually perceived as a safe starter into the world of solid foods)
- Cooked and pureed vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or squash
- Mashed fruit, such as bananas, apples or peaches
Keep in mind that your baby’s stomach is tiny and your little one may get full after only a few bites. Be patient when introducing solids – it may take some time for your baby to agree and swallow the food. All of the suggested foods are in addition to breast milk or formula which is the main source of nutrients for your little one.