Mar 13

Feeding The Older Baby – Solid Food

Did you know that by 9 months a child’s taste preferences are mostly set?

This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to introduce a variety of flavors, textures and colors when starting solid foods.

Introducing Solid Foods

Starting solid foods – Rice, oatmeal, or barley? What infant cereal or other food will be on the menu for your baby’s first solid meal? Have you set a date?

At this point, you may have a plan or are confused because you have received too much advice from family and friends with different opinions.

Watch these great videos from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help you prepare for your baby’s transition to solid foods.




1,000 Days

Good nutrition during a child’s earliest years sets the foundation for lifelong health.

1,000 Days is the leading non-profit organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition and ensure women and children have the healthiest first 1,000 days.

It provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system.

However, too many children in the U.S. are not getting a healthy diet – fewer than half of children eat a vegetable on any given day.

What’s more, determining what to feed their little ones can be overwhelming for new parents.

More than half of mothers say they receive mixed messages about what to feed their young children. Parents both need and deserve practical and trustworthy information on infant and toddler feeding.

For more information click here.

1,000 Days has created a series of bite-sized videos helping parents navigate the what, when and how of infant and toddler feeding.

Is Your Baby Ready To Start Eating Foods?

Look for these signs to tell that your baby is developmentally ready for foods other than breast milk.


What Is A Good First Food For Your Baby?

Foods that are rich in iron and zinc – including meats – make great first foods.


What Should Your Baby Eat In The First Year?

Introducing your little one to a variety of food groups, colors and textures is important when your baby is 6-12 months old


What Foods Should My Baby Avoid?

What food should you avoid feeding your baby? Before your baby turns 1, there are some foods you should just say “No, No” to.


What Should Your Baby Be Drinking?

Between 6-12 months, your baby only needs breast milk and/or formula and water. That’s it!


How Much Should I Feed My Baby?

Learn to read your baby’s hunger and fullness cues.


What To Expect When Introducing First Foods

This is an exciting time, and here’s what you can expect.


How To Win At Mealtime

Here are some helpful hints to make mealtime as easy as Ready, Set, Go!

The American Academy of Pediatrics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
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