At 6 months old, your baby is ready to begin exploring an entirely new world of textures and flavours. The following tips will help you feed him in a way that supports his healthy growth and development right from the start.
- Continue feeding breast milk, formula, or both. Your baby’s intake will decrease some as he consumes more and more solid foods.
- Introduce one new food every three to five days, and watch for signs of allergy, such as rash, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- Avoid adding sugar or salt to foods.
- Limit fruit juice to 125-175 mL (4 to-6 ounces) of 100 percent fruit juice per day. Always offer it in an open cup, and as part of a meal or snack.
- When your baby is about 8 months, he will be able to pick up food and eat it. Make sure to offer baby finger foods. Be patient and don’t get angry if he makes a mess.
- Never give infants any raisins, nuts, popcorn, or small, hard pieces of food, as these can be choking hazards. And don’t give honey to a baby under 1 year old.
On demand, about four to six feedings per day
Four to five feedings per day, about 175 – 237 mL (6 to 8 fluid ounces) per feeding (up to a maximum of about 945 mL (32 fluid ounces) a day.
Finger foods with more texture, like oat cereal O’s or toast fingers
Fruits and Vegetables
Pureed or mashed fruits and vegetables
Dairy, Meat, and Poultry
Yogurt and pureed or finely ground meats and chicken