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Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

By DuPage Medical Group Pediatrics

While breast milk or formula is a necessity, adding solid foods to your baby's diet is an exciting milestone. Introduce foods one at a time, a few days apart:

4 to 6 Months


  • Fortified rice, oat, or barley cereal
  • Mix 4-5 teaspoons of breast milk of formula with 1 teaspoon of cereal
  • Gradually use less liquid

6 to 8 Months

Pureed Foods:

  • Fruits (apples, peaches, pears)
  • Vegetables (avovados, sweet potatoes, carrots)
  • Meat (chicken, pork beef)
  • Tofu
  • Legumes (black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils)

8 to 10 Months


  • Soft pasteurized cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt

Finger Foods:

  • Teething crackers
  • Spiral pasta
  • O-shaped cereal

10 to 12 Months

Combo Foods:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Casseroles

Soft-Cooked Vegetables

  • Peas
  • Carrots


  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Boneless fish
  • Tofu



Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Infant Care

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