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Nutrition & Feeding

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Among the advice new parents receive, is to devote time to reading to babies early and often.

With the switch to solids, this world begins to open to your baby. It’s an adventure of taste and texture, from the first basic cereals to the more complex puree blends.

What food is your baby ready for?

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4 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat). Start with one tsp. of prepared cereal, ensuring the texture is runny. Gradually reduce the amount of liquid. A baby will start with 2 to 3 tsp. once a day and progress from there. learn more
5 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat) or puréed single ingredients like apples, bananas, pears, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Try each new food on its own for a couple days to watch for allergies or intolerances. learn more
6 months old Start serving puréed fruits, vegetables and iron-rich proteins with cereal like oatmeal or brown rice. You could try apples, bananas, pears, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, strained chicken or turkey. learn more
7 months old Now that baby has had a variety of fruits, veggies and protein, experiment with flavours. Mild herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and basil help babies develop their palates, making the transition to table food easier. learn more
8 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese. You can also add yogurt into the diet. learn more
9 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese. learn more
10 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
11 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
12 months old Your baby is adapting to a greater range of foods and becoming more curious. Continue to offer variety with puréed, mashed, diced and bite-sized pieces. Veggies should still be gently cooked and meat tender and bite-sized. learn more

growing up gourmet

meet our registered dietitian, sarah remmer
Sarah Remmer, RD is a mom of three, a Registered Dietitian and owner of a nutrition consulting and communications company based in Calgary, AB.

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In the early days of researching how and when to start solids with my babies, I made the decision to start with a vegetable opposed to a fruit. After rice cereal, the first food I brought to their lips was broccoli. I wanted to ensure they developed a taste for greens, as I know these important nutrients can be hard won down the road.

To my surprise, my daughter ate up her broccoli without hesitation; my son on the other hand, was not as willing. So I mixed his broccoli with a little pear purée and watched him gobble it up! That's when I learned the power of blending.