Baby gets 100% of their nutrition from milk at this age . . and only milk (breast or formula).
Now it's time for solids! This includes purees, cereal and jar foods. here are tips and tricks to keep in mind when kicking off your adventure with solid foods:
Add applesauce, pureed
peas or squash, mashed canned chickpeas & pureed chicken early on.
Be sure to wait about 3 days between introducing new foods, so you have time to look for an allergic reaction.
Once solids are introduced, one bottle feeding a day usually exits the diet.
Keep in mind that it can take 10-15 tries with a new food before your kid will eat it . . . and even then, there are no guarantees. Just keep trying!
Start with the veggies! Veggie to fruit is an easier transition than fruit to veggie.
It's around this time that your kiddo should be eating two small meals a day. Here are some guidelines for those meals:
The meals should consist
of 1 fruit or veggie and 1 cereal or meat.
Try soft table foods like mashed potatoes or diced ripe pears. If you don’t introduce more textured foods your kiddo may be more likely to reject them later.
You will still nurse or bottle feed 3 to 5 times daily (24 – 32 oz formula).
Give milk with the meal or you’ll be feeding your kid all day long.
Bring on the finger foods!
Diced cooked veggies
and dry cereal are best. Don't introduce raw veggies or raisins yet –
these present a choking hazard.
At this point, you are looking at 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day. The same way you should be eating.
The meals should be made up of ¼ to ½ cup serving of fruits or veggies, a protein and a starch (like potatoes).
Snacks could include a teething biscuit, ¼ cup fruit, yogurt, diced cheese . . .
Most likely, you are down to 12 oz of formula or 3 nursings a day.