I grow best with love and the right food.
When I’m about 6 months old, I can start to eat solid foods. Please go slowly.
If our family has allergies or I was born early, talk to my healthcare provider or WIC before I start solid foods.
To eat solid foods, I must be able to:
Smooth: strained or puréed
Mashed: smooth with some tiny lumps
Chopped: more lumps
Pieces of table foods
By 8 or 9 months, I might want to eat food with my fingers. You may still need to use a spoon to feed me, but let me try to feed myself, too.
Make foods safe so I won’t choke on them.
Safe “finger” foods are:
I need to eat about 5 or 6 times a day. A meal might be breast milk or formula, or a meal might be breast milk or formula plus infant cereal. Start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of each food. Give me more if I want it. I may not eat everything on my plate. As I start eating more, you can give me 2 or 3 foods at a meal.
Let me eat until I show signs I’m full. I might close my lips, turn or shake my head, or raise my arm. Ask me if I’m full. Then, let me stop eating if I want to.
When I turn 6 months old, you can give me a small amount of water as I learn to drink from a cup.
I need food that is right for my age and will help me grow best.
I don’t need added sugars, salt, fat, or additives. Wait to offer juice until I am at least 12 months old.
Also, please don’t give me foods that could make me sick, like:
Put me on a blanket on the floor. Put a toy just out of my reach so I can move to get it. Roll a ball to me. Hold both my hands and let me walk with you.
I love to learn from you. Read to me. Sing a song. Let’s play games like peek-a-boo. Take me for a walk and show me new things. I’m active — keep an eye on me!
I can sit up and roll over. I’ll start to creep and crawl. I like to shake things and drop them to see what happens.
For additional support, contact your local WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or designated breastfeeding expert for breastfeeding questions.