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Feeding Guide: Starting Solid Foods

Most babies are ready to eat solid foods when they’re around 6 months of age. Continue to breastfeed when you start offering solid foods.

Iron and your baby’s diet

By 6 months, baby needs iron from solid foods.

Baby’s first solid foods should be iron-rich like baby cereal with iron, meat and meat alternatives.

Offer baby an iron-rich food at each meal.

How much food should I offer baby?

As a parent, it’s your job to choose what foods to offer, and when and where your baby is fed. It’s baby’s job to choose how much food to eat.

Start with 1–3 teaspoons (5–15 mL) of food.

Offer more food if baby shows you he’s hungry (opens mouth). Stop feeding when baby shows you he’s full (closes mouth or turns head away).

Getting started (around 6 months) 6–7 months

Start offering baby solid foods 1 time each day and increase to 3 times each day.

Breakfast

Single grain baby cereal with iron or

Meat or meat alternative

Baby cereal with iron

Lunch

Give baby 1 new food at a time. Wait 2 days

Baby cereal with iron

Fruit

Supper

before adding the

next new food.

Meat or meat alternative

Vegetable

Food texture Start with pureed, smooth, or mashed food and change the texture as baby grows and develops better eating skills.

Encourage self feeding as soon as baby shows interest.

Healthy food ideas

Vegetables: broccoli, carrots, peppers, squash, sweet potato

Fruit: apple, avocado, banana, kiwi, mango, peach

Baby cereal with iron: barley, oat, rice, wheat

Grain Products: barley, couscous, pasta, quinoa, rice, toast

Milk Alternatives: cheese, yogurt

Meat: beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, turkey, wild game

Meat Alternatives: black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, split peas, egg, and tofu

8–9 months

Offer solid foods 3–5 times each day.

10–12 months

Offer 3 meals and 2–3 snacks each day.

Breakfast

Baby cereal with iron

Fruit

Baby cereal with iron

Fruit

Try grating hard fruits like

apples to make them

Morning snack

Baby cereal with iron Fruit      easy to pick up and

Grain Product

Lunch

Meat or meat alternative

Vegetable

Cheese

Meat or meat alternative

Vegetable

Yogurt

Afternoon snack Vegetable

Grain Product

Supper

Meat or meat alternative

Grain Product

Vegetable

Meat or meat alternative

Grain Product

Vegetable

Night time snack Baby cereal with iron Baby cereal with iron

Fruit

Food texture

Textures may be lumpy, minced, grated, diced, or soft/cooked foods cut-up.

It’s important for babies to learn to eat different textures. Change the texture as baby grows and develops better eating skills.

How much food should I offer baby?

As your baby gets older, slowly increase the amount of food you offer.

Baby may eat more or less food than you offer. Provide more food if baby shows you she’s hungry. Stop feeding when baby shows you he’s full.

Offer sips of water from an open cup if you think baby is thirsty.









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