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Determine if your 6-month-old baby is ready for solid food and learn how to start.


Your Baby's Digestive System: Introducing Solid Foods


Breast milk or formula will continue to be your baby's primary source of nutrition for the first year, however, by 6 months, your baby's digestive system and chewing abilities should be ready for some solid foods. Signs of readiness include a demonstrated interest in solid food, the ability to sit up in a high chair and opening his mouth wide when offered food from a spoon. Start with iron-fortified baby rice cereal. Make it thin at first, but never mix it into his bottle. You can thicken the cereal as he gets used to the spoon. Next he can move on to mashed or pureed fruits, vegetables and meats. By 6 months, he'll not only want solids, his growing body will need them for their extra nutrition.