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Progression of Solid Foods in Babies

One of the keys when starting solid foods in babies is to progress through different flavors and textures. At first, you will progress through the different types of cereals, pureed meats, fruits, and vegetables. You will start with thinner purees and smaller amounts.
 
By the time your baby is eight months of age, he or she will have probably mastered thicker purees and can chew and swallow food with more texture. Continue to mix it up! You can increase the variety of foods and the textures. You can start adding small, soft, lumpier blends, such as pureed foods mixed with small pieces of meat, vegetables, or pasta.
 
You can try other protein foods, such as:
 
  • Plain yogurt (which can be mixed with soft fruits or applesauce)
  • Lean chicken or fish cut into tiny pieces
  • Egg yolk
  • Mild cheeses
  • Cooked dried beans.
     
By the time your baby is 10 months old, he or she should be eating about ½ cup per day of both fruits and vegetables.
 
(Click Feeding Solid Foods to Infants for more information about the progression of solid foods, to find out what foods to avoid, and to learn more about the appropriate age to first start giving them solid foods.)
 
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