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What are the first foods i should feed my baby?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Whole grain cereal: Typically you will start solid food intake between 4-6 months of age. Generally the first food a baby tries is rice cereal. This can be mixed with breast milk or formula and is easy to digest. See "whiteout" on facebook to learn about a new campaign to make every child's first food a whole grain cereal instead of white processed rice cereal.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Cereal; single foods: Start at age 6 months with baby cereal mixed with water or formula. Then try the small, single-ingredient jars of baby food veggies. If that goes well, then try the baby food fruits; and later the meats. If making home-made baby food, just use similar flavors as the ready-made jars, such as peas, sweet potato, apple sauce, banana, lamb, etc.
Dr. Mason Gomberg
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Babies first foods: For the average baby with no issues solid foods are usually startede at 4-6 months. Baby cereals such as rice, oatmeal, barley fortified with rice are started first. I usually recommend veggies next since they are less sweet than fruits, then lastly meats stage one. New foods(one at a time) are given for 4days early in the day or at lunch time to make sure there are no reactions or allergies.

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It depends: There are mixed responses by experts on this universal question. There is no single "best way". Ongoing research continues to modify the answer. Infant food allergies, family food intolerances, evolving digestive maturity, cultural "tradition", economic factors, and market accessibility all heavily factor into the equation. Therefore, this would best be discussed with your local pediatrician.
Last updated Apr 22, 2016

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