How do I start my baby on solids?
If the baby is around six months of age, interested in food, able to hold the head up, and able to chew and swallow, it is time to introduce solid foods. All food groups should be started at this age, but if there are foods that are likely to cause allergic reactions, caregivers should try them one at a time and wait two days before introducing the next such food. That allows caregivers to see how the baby reacts. The type of food that is given first doesn’t matter, as long as it is healthy and safe. Foods rich in iron, such as red meat, legumes, green vegetables, and iron-fortified cereal should be started at six months and offered daily. Babies should be breastfed when they show breastfeeding hunger signs and offered solid foods at the family's meal times. They may need to be fed by spoon or may insist on feeding themselves. Babies should not be forced to eat if they are not hungry.