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What are the best and safest solid foods for babies?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Depends...: Depends on age and other factors. In general, pureed vegetables and cereals come before meats and dairy (other than breast or formula); single ingredients before mixed; no-no's include: chunks (choking hazard), honey (botulism), eggs/fish/seafood (more allergenic), salt and sugar (addictive), and juices (juice is a fruit from which all good stuff has been removed.).
Dr. Alan Mease
Dr. Alan Mease commented
Pediatrics 48 years experience
I agree with the exception of the new data which suggests the early introduction (less than one year) of white fish may actually be beneficial in preventing allergies (NOT seafood but white fish like cod). This is certainly goes against the grain of what we were taught.
Jul 14, 2013
Dr. Zoey Goore
Dr. Zoey Goore commented
Pediatrics 24 years experience
I agree as well although there is no evidence that one type of food needs to be introduced before another. Here's more info on feeding for baby: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token
Jul 21, 2013
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Small bites, purees: Once your child is chewing food, make sure you cut it into bites small enough that they cannot choke on them. Also make sure that they chew and swallow their bite before putting more food in their mouth. When your child doesn't have many teeth and isn't chewing pureed and soft foods are the safest. And remember, no honey before age 1!

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Is my baby ready for solid foods?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: If the baby is able to keep her head steadily lifted from a prone position, and able to support the weight of her upper body on bent arms for extended periods of time -- like this: http://www.Stockphotopro.Com/photo-thumbs-2/stockphotopro_91948qeu_.Jpg.

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