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  1. Rita says:

    Hi, when can we start to introduce some herbs & spices into baby’s foods such as cinnamon, cumin, parsley? And what about rice?

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ Rita – honestly, you can introduce spices and seasonings whenever you feel ready 🙂 In fact, it may be good to start with herbs and spices earlier rather than later, as you can get your baby’s palate accustomed to a wider range of flavors. As for rice – that makes a great early food! Just be sure it’s soft and easy to chew; if it is, then you should be able to feed it to your baby starting at about 6 months.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Diana says:

    Is there any recommendation/schedule how to give the recommended amount of breast milk and solids?. For example should I start with breast feeding, wait for an hour and then give solids?. My 6 months old has considerably decreased her breast milk intake as she is not empting my breasts and is only eatting 1 spoon/ occ. 2 spoons of solids morning and midmorning. Any recommendations how to address this issue?. Thanks

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ Diana – definitely start with breastfeeding. At this age, breastfeeding is much more important than solid food feeding. Hope this helps – good luck!

  3. jane says:

    What research is your amount of breastfeeding based on? I am very surprised by it.

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ jane – can I ask what surprises you? We had a lactation consultant and a registered dietitian help us create this chart. Hope this info helps.

  4. NatesMommy says:

    My 13 month old is getting 3 solid meals a day plus bottles of 50/50 breastmilk and whole milk. He was 7wks early and is on the thin side because he’s tall, about 30″ and 19.6lb. Our problem is although we offer him solids 3 times a day, he doesn’t usually eat all or even most of it. He really enjoys fruit and will eat that up, but otherwise the actual amount he’s eating varies day to day. Obviously we can’t force him to eat, but his doctor wants him to be getting more solids than milk at this point. Any ideas?

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ NatesMommy – he doesn’t snack, does he? And I’m assuming you’re offering the solid food before you give him any milk? If you can ensure that your son is coming to the table with an appetite, that’ll help. Additionally, it can be helpful to split up the meal – offer the things he’s usually reluctant to eat (like protein or veggies) first, and then, once he’s eaten enough of those, offer the things he chooses to eat, like fruit.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  5. DH says:

    Curious about the logic of when to add some foods. Why green beans but not peas, why apple but not peach? Please explain.

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ DH – the recommendations in this chart come for a dietitan’s recommendations on the progression of foods that tends to be easiest on baby’s tummy, and that tends to minimize the chances for complications for adverse reactions like constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, sensitivities, etc. However, this is very much a rough guide – you don’t have to follow it to the letter, particularly if you have no family history of food sensitivities or digestive issues. Hope this helps!

  6. Tiffany says:

    I see that for a six month old the chart says 1-2 solid food feedings per day and lists three categories of food per day. One grain, one fruit, one veggie. I have been introducing a new food every week and only feeding that food because I thought I had to watch out for allergies that way. When can I stop that? Also, it seems like I should be feeding her more than one type of food in a day. So should I just offer things that have already been introduced? Thank you for the site, so helpful!

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ Tiffany – you don’t have to worry too much about offering just one food for an entire week – while it’s not advised to introduce multiple new foods each day, you can introduce a new food, wait about 48 hours, and then introduce a new one. That’ll allow you to add some variety 🙂

  7. Sarah says:

    This is the best list I have found so far and I went though many hours of looking at charts! I refer back to this chart constantly! Thank you!

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ Sarah – thanks for your kinds words! Glad you find it helpful 🙂

  8. natalie hight says:

    Super helpful. Thanks so much for compiling & printing this information!

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ natalie hight – awesome! Glad you found the chart helpful 🙂

  9. josiebohling says:

    Hi,

    I wanted to clarify the quantity recommended on the chart. For instance in the 4-6 month portions is it recommended that they have 1-2 tablespoons from each category each day? Or is recommended only 1-2 tablespoons from one category a day?
    Thus are we feeding them potentially 6 tablespoons of food over the course of a day for a 4-6 month baby and 20 tablespoons for a 7-8 monther?

    Thanks, Josie

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @Josiebohling – great question! The recommendations reflect a baby eating food from each category each day. However, a baby who eats some cereal, some fruit, and some veggies each day would likely fall in the middle of those ranges. So, for example, a 7 or 8 month old would not likely eat 6 T of cereal, 6 T of fruit, 6 T of veggies, etc. If you are offering your 7 or 8 month old foods from each category, including meats and dairy, then you would want to offer smaller amounts (maybe 2-3 T of each). However, if you are sticking with just cereal at 7 or 8 months, then you would want to offer a larger amount. Or, let’s say that your baby is not a big veggie fan – if he eats just 1T of a veggie puree, for example, then you could compensate by offering a bigger quantity of fruit.

      Does this help? Thanks for commenting, @josiebohling!

  10. Veronica George says:

    I’m concerned about baby choking on food. When do I know its okay to give baby finger foods?

    • EmilyDeJeu says:

      @ Veronica George – this is a matter of personal preference, really. Some proponents of Baby Led Weaning give their babies finger food at a pretty early age (6 months or so, to start). Other parents are nervous about this and prefer to wait until a bit later. Most babies are able to (and eager to!) self-feed at around 7 or 8 months, so that may be a good age to start with small pieces of soft foods, or perhaps with those dissolvable ‘puffs’. Just be sure to supervise carefully 🙂

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