Birth-6 months:Your newborn can survive off of just breast milk and formula up until he is 6 months old.Although many parents do start their child out on eating off of a spoon at 4 months, your child is certainly getting enough nutrients from his bottles until he is 6 months.Many parents decide to start spoon feeding their child when they appear to be hungry after their bottle. This acts as a filler until the baby's next bottle. Spoon feeding your little one before 4 months is somewhat early and may cause allergies in the future.

4-6 months: You can and should start introducing rice cereal by this age.Like stated above, you can start giving a 4-6 month baby cereal when they appear to be hungry after their bottle.For the first few weeks, start the cereal very thin.The cereal should consist of 2 teaspoons of dry cereal mixed with a good amount of formula or breast milk.The cereal should be the same consistency as gravy for their first several feedings.



5-6 months: You can usually go beyond rice cereal during this age.Introduce fruits and vegetables into your baby's life.You should start by introducing these types of food in the morning, then move on to fruits in the morning and vegetables at night.Getting two meals and bottles in between is the perfect amount of food during the 5-6 months range.

7-9 months:By 7-9 months your child has probably reduce the amount of bottles that he has a day on his own.  Although it is important for your precious treasure to stay hydrated, this is a good time to start weaning babies off of a bottle so it can be completely gone by 1 year.You can also give babies water and juice during these months.Now is a great time to introduce a sippy cup.Your little one can also start eating stage 3 foods now.These foods are more solid and may have small bits and pieces of corn, harm or peas in them depending on the flavor of food you have chose.You can also begin to give your child real food like applesauce and mashed potatoes.Be careful not to add to much garlic or butter to your mashed potatoes quite yet.It is hard for a baby's stomach to handle a lot of spices and butter.Extra seasonings should be added after your bundle of joy's food has been served. It is important to stay away from dairy products until your child is one year old.Now is the perfect time to allow your child to his self feeding skills.Giving your little one a spoon while you are feeding him may help him gain coordination when at the table.

9-12 months:At this age, your little one can now start eating the same types of food that the rest of the family is eating.Of course, organic food is recommended for not only babies but adults too.It is important to cut up any baby's food very small to avoid choking.Vegetables, lunch meat, chicken strips, turkey, crackers and bread are all great types of food to start your adorable baby with.At this stage in your child's life he should be eating three meals a day-breakfast lunch and dinner. It is likely that your child will want a snack throughout the day as well.Feeding your baby healthy snacks is a great choice.While cut up apples are still not recommended because of choking hazards, small pieces of bread and crackers are great healthy choices.It is important to stay away from candy and cookies at this age.Keeping a healthy diet will remind them when they are older that it is important to eat healthy.

Over 1 year old:After your bundle of joy celebrates their first birthday you can start introducing regular cow's milk.This should be a gradual process and should not be done overnight.You can try giving your baby a half a cup of cow's milk and use formula or breast milk for their next drink a few hours later.Your little one should now be able to eat mostly everything that the rest of the family eats.You should limit the amount of hamburger meat that your bundle of joy eats and you should remember to completely cook it.Your child's digestive system has not fully developed yet and it is harder for their bodies to digest this type of meat



Tips in the kitchen:

-Don't introduce your baby to more than 1 variety of food each week.If you start your baby out on carrots then stick with carrots until the next week.After that week is over you can switch to green beans, peas or whatever else you may choose.This way, if your baby is allergic to anything you will be able to pinpoint it a lot easier.

-Be careful when allowing them to eat food that requires a lot of chewing.Nuts, raw vegetables, popcorn, candy and gum are types of food that you should hold off on before serving to your baby.

-Brush their right away if given juice.Juice contains a lot of sugar and can cause tooth decay.Allowing your little one to go to sleep with a bottle also causes tooth decay.You can start brushing their teeth even at this young age.

-Always strap your baby into the highchair when feeding.Even if you turn your head for a few minutes, he could easily wiggle out or fall.It is definitely not worth the risk.

-Keep your baby away from dairy, peanuts and peanut butter, honey and berries until your Doctor says that it is okay.Depending on if there are any allergies in the family, he may allow it at one year or he may not allow it until two years.

-Avoid adding salt and sugar to your meals.Salt and sugar are simply not healthy for your baby.If you must add either of these to your meal, it is best to do it after your baby has been fed.

The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start
Amazon Price: $26.95 $8.99 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 29, 2016)