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Introducing solid foods to your baby

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One of the most exciting milestones of your baby's first year is the introduction of solid foods and most babies are ready to start solids between the ages of 4 and 6 months. However, your child's individual development is the most important factor to consider when deciding whether or not it's time to graduate to a more varied diet.

Deciding whether your child is ready for solid foods is a big step, and here are signs that let you know when your child is ready

1 The tongue thrust reflex has disappeared

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 Take this quiz: From the tip of a baby spoon or your finger, place a tiny quantity of baby-appropriate food diluted with breast milk or formula in your baby's mouth. If the food comes right back out with that tiny tongue after multiple attempts, the thrust is still present, and the infant isn't ready to be spoon-fed.

2 Your infant constantly reaches for table meals 

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If she's grasping your fork or looking at you closely and joyfully with each bite you take, it's an indication she's ready for something more grown-up.

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3 If your infant can retain his head in an upright position and maintain it for an extended period is also an indication your child is ready because to swallow properly, your baby should be able to sit upright in an infant feeding seat or high chair.

Here are some foods to start with

1 Vegetable

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Start with gentler yellow or orange options vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, before going on to the green squad, which includes peas and string beans, because they have slightly stronger flavors. If your baby rejects what you give her, try again the next day, and the day after that.

2 Cereal

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Choose a single-grain, iron-enriched, whole-grain variety, such as brown rice, whole-grain oat, or whole-grain barley, if you're starting with baby cereal and remember not to sweeten the taste with things like mashed bananas, applesauce, or juice at first since it's best to offer only one food at a time.

3 Fruit

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Finely mashed bananas, baby applesauce, peaches, and pears are all delicious and easily digested first fruits to introduce to your baby.

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