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Breast milk or infant formula will be your baby’s main food during the first year of life. Foods can complement—but not replace—milk.
The foods presented in this chapter include everything other than breast milk and infant formula. Introduce them in keeping with your baby’s own pace and needs.
Your baby’s first taste of food will be a whole new experience. It takes time to get used to eating foods. Gradually, your baby will develop a taste for new foods and textures. By age 1 or so, she will be eating most of the same foods as the rest of the family.
- When should I introduce foods?
- How should I introduce foods?
- Choking risk: Be extra careful until age 4
- Honey — never for babies under age 1
- Baby food basics
- 6 to 12 months — your baby’s first foods
- Start with iron-rich foods
- Continue with a variety of foods
- Grain products
- Meat and alternatives
- Vegetables and fruit
- Milk and dairy products
- Food ideas for your baby
- From 1 year onward — sharing meals with the family