March 21, 2018

Give peas a chance

Give Peas a Chance

Starting your little one on solid foods

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing solid foods to your baby at about 6 months old.

 

 

Your baby is ready when she:

  • Controls head and neck well
  • Sits up with support
  • Watches you eat and reaches for your food
  • Doesn't push out a spoon placed in her mouth
  • Nutrient-packed Foods That are Easy to Prepare

    Foods should be soft. Be sure to puree or mash well.

    • Carrots
    • Green peas
    • Applesauce
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Butternut squash
    • Iron-enriched rice cereal
    • Meat or poultry (finely ground)
    • Avocados
    • Yogurt
    • Broccoli
    • Allergenic Foods: Be Alert!

      • Eggs
      • Milk
      • Wheat
      • Peanuts/Nuts
      • Soy
      • Fish/Shellfish
      • As Your Baby Grows ...

        6 months: Start off with iron-rich foods, like peas, rice cereal and meat or poultry.

        9 months: Widen the variety! Include a range of fruits, vegetables and meats

        1 year: Safe to introduce whole milk and honey.

        If possible, continue breastfeeding until your baby is at least 1 year old.

        Hungry for additional info? Find all of this — and more food for thought — at kp.org.