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All babies will not be eating the same amounts and the same foods as others. Breast Milk and/or Formula are the most important sources of nutrition for your infant up to 12 months old. Baby is ready for solid food around 6 months. Talk to your pediatrician about when to start.

Baby is ready for Solid Foods...

  • Ability to sit up
  • Baby can hold his or her head in a steady, upright position
  • Acts hungry after 8-10 breastfeeding sessions or 32 ounces of formula a day
  • Interest in your food
  • Doubling of birth weight
FRUITS
VITAMINS
MINERALS
APPLES (one medium apple)
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Vitamin A - 73 IU
Vitamin C - 9 mg
Folate (important during pregnancy) - 4 mcg
Vitamin E - .66 IU
Potassium - 158 mg
Calcium - 9.5 mg
Phosphorus - 9.5 mg
Magnesium - 7 mg
Selenium - .4 mg
Also contains small amounts of iron, manganese, copper and zinc
  • For babies age(4)6 months+: Peel, core and dice the apple into small pieces.
  • For babies age 6 months+: Peel, core and dice the apple into small pieces and add to the lemon juice and water and cook over medium heat in a small saucepan for 20 minutes or untilsoft. Mash to desired consistency, You can also add omit egg.

BANANA

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Vitamin A - 95 IU
Vitamin C - 11 mg
Folate (important during pregnancy) - 22.5 mcg
Vitamin B6 - .7mcg
Niacin - .6 mg
Pantothenic Acid - .31 mg
Vitamin E - .67 IU
Potassium - 467 mg
Magnesium - 43 mg
Phosphorus - 27 mg
Calcium - 7 mg
Selenium - 1.3 mg
Iron - .4 mg
Also contains trace amounts of zinc, manganese and copper
  • Bananas may be introduced to your baby as early as 4 months old.
  • Mashed Bananas (4)6 months +
    Mash 1 Ripe Banana with Water.
  • Fried Bananas  8 months +
    Gently heat 2 tbsp of butter in a small frying pan. Add Slice bananas to the pan and  fry.
CANTALOUPE or MELONS (one cup diced - 156 grams)
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Vitamin A - 5276 IU
Vitamin C - 57.3 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .06 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .03 mg
Niacin - 1.14 mg
Folate - 33 mcg
Contains some other
vitamins in small
amounts
Potassium - 417 mg
Phosphorus - 23 mg
Magnesium - 19 mg
Calcium - 14 mg
Sodium - 25 mg
Iron - .33 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc
  • Cantaloupe and Melons may be introduced to baby from 8 months of age. If your baby has a rash that may be traced to melon due to the melon's "acidity".
  • Remove the rind from 1 half of the melon and then dice.
CHERRIES (one cup - raw)
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Vitamin A - 74 IU
Vitamin C - 8.2 mg
Vitamin K - 2.5 mcg
Folate (important during pregnancy) - 4.7 mcg
Niacin - 1.01 mg
Potassium - 260 mg
Phosphorus - 24 mg
Magnesium - 12.9 mg
Calcium - 15.2 mg
Sodium - 0 mg
Iron - 0.04 mg
Also contains trace amounts of zinc, manganese and copper
  • Cherries are very delicate. Babies may begin to eat Cherries from about 8 months of age.
ORANGES or CITRUS (one peeled medium sized)
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Vitamin A - 346 IU
Vitamin C - 82 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .09 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .07 mg
Niacin - .59 mg
Folate - 48 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts
Potassium - 232 mg
Phosphorus - 32 mg
Magnesium -15 mg
Calcium - 60 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Iron - .18 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc
  • All citric acids (like those in lemon, tomato, grapefruit, oranges) are acidic and more than likely to give babies younger than 12 months old.
GRAPES (one cup)
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Vitamin A - 92 IU
Vitamin C - 3.7 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .08 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .05 mg
Niacin - .27 mg
Folate - 4 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amount
Potassium - 176 mg
Phosphorus - 9 mg
Magnesium - 5 mg
Calcium - 13 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Iron - .27 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc
  • May be the right time to add grapes to baby's diet is 10 months old.
  • Grapes contain flavonoids that may be responsible for heart health and protecting against "bad" cholesterol.
MANGO (one cup - sliced)
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Vitamin A - 1262 IU
Vitamin C - 45.7 mg
Vitamin K - 6.9 mg
Vitamin E - 1.85 mg
Folate (important during pregnancy) - 23 mcg
Potassium - 257 mg
Phosphorus - 18 mg
Magnesium - 22 mg
Calcium - 16 mg
Sodium - 3 mg
Also contains trace amounts of zinc, iron, manganese and copper
  • For babies age 8-10 months+: Peel, Deseed and Mash 1 Ripe Mango until smooth. Add 1 cup milk or water until the proper consistency for your baby is achieved.
  • Mangos may be allergenic as many tropical fruits often tend to be.
PAPAYA (one cup mashed)
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Vitamin A - 2516 IU
Vitamin C - 142 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .06 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .07 mg
Niacin - .77 mg
Folate - 87 mcg
Potassium - 591 mg
Phosphorus - 12 mg
Magnesium - 6.9 mg
Calcium - 55 mg
Iron - .23 mg
Also contains trace amounts of iron, zinc, manganese and copper
  • Papaya is most often introduced to babies between 7-8 months of age.
  • Papayas are a very nutritious fruit. Cut the papaya for your baby into small dices and serve.
STRAWBERRIES (one cup - pureed - raw)
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Vitamin A - 12230 IU
Vitamin C - 136 mg
Thiamin - .05 mg
Riboflavin - .05 mg
Vitamin K - 5.0 mcg
Folate - 56 mcg
Niacin - 1.01 mg
Potassium - 355 mg
Phosphorus - 56 mg
Magnesium - 22 mg
Calcium - 37 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Iron - .9 mg
Also contains trace amounts of zinc, manganese and copper
  • Strawberries are a potential high allergen food and as such, they really should be avoided until 12 months of age.
  • Slice 2 cups fresh strawberries in half and mash as needed for your baby.
VEGETABLES
ASPARAGUS (4 spears - steamed)
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Vitamin A - 604 iu
Vitamin C - 4.6 mg
Niacin - .65 mg
Folate - 89 mcg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .09 mg
Vitamin B6 - .62 mg
Vitamin E - .9 mg
Vitamin K - 30 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts
Potassium - 134 mg
Phosphorus - 32 mg
Magnesium - 8 mg
Calcium - 14 mg
Sodium - 8 mg
Iron - .55 mg
Contains zinc, manganese and others
  • Asparagus is best given to an infant between 8-10 months old.
  • Asparagus is not a good choice for one of Baby's first vegetables as it may cause gas and may be a bit hard for a young infant to digest.
GREEN BEAN (one cup - cooked)
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Vitamin A - 752 IU
Vitamin C - 12 mg
Niacin - .51 mg
Folate - 41 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - .06 mg
Vitamin K - 17 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts
Potassium - 170 mg
Sodium - 12 mg
Calcium - 66 mg
Phosphorus - 67 mg
Magnesium - .04 mg
Iron - 1.9 mg
Also contains small amounts of selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.
  • Green Beans are typically recommended for introduction into a baby's diet between 6-8 months old.
WHITE POTATO (one large sized - baked)
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Vitamin A - 29.0 mg
Vitamin C - 37.0 mg
Pantothenic Acid - .74 mg
Niacin - 4.6 mg
Riboflavin - .1 mg
Thaimine - .1 mg
Folate - 1 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium - 1626 mg
Phosphorus - 29.5 mg
Magnesium - 80.7 mg
Calcium - 29.9 mg
Sodium - 20 mg
Iron - 1.9 mg
Zinc - 1 mg
Also contains small amount of copper, manganese and other.
  • White Potato has a high amount of starchy carbohydrates.
  • It would best to keep white potatoes out of baby's diet until between 8-10 months of age.
CARROTS (half cup steamed)
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Vitamin A - 19,152 IU
Vitamin C - 1.8 mg
Niacin - .4 mg
Folate - 11 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - .2 mg
Vitamin B6 - .2 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts
Potassium - 177 mg
Sodium - 51.5 mg
Calcium - 24 mg
Phosphorus - 23.4 mg
Magnesium - 10 mg
Iron - .48 mg
Also contains small amounts of selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.
  • Carrots may be introduced between 6 and 8 months of age.
  • Carrots are often one of baby's first food. They are easy to digest and are packed full of nutrients.
Some Basic Vegetables Recipe
  • Vegetable Custard
  • Vegetable Salad
  • Vegetable Curry
  • Veggie Frittata Supreme
  • Vegetable Puree
  • Vegetable Soup
GRAINS
OATMEAL
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Vitamin A - 0 IU
Vitamin C - 0 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .25 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .04 mg
Niacin - .30 mg
Folate - 9 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium - 131 mg
Phosphorus - 178 mg
Magnesium - 56 mg
Calcium - 190 mg
Sodium - 10 mg
Iron - 1.59 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.
Protein - 6.08g
  • Oats may be cooked in boiling water.
BROWN RICE (1 cup cooked)
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Vitamin A - 0 IU
Vitamin C - 0 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .18 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .04 mg
Niacin - 2.9 mg
Folate - 8 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium - 84 mg
Phosphorus - 162 mg
Magnesium - 84 mg
Calcium - 20 mg
Sodium - 10 mg
Iron - .8 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.
Protein - 5.03g
  • Homemade Brown Rice cereal is able to be introduced to baby from 6 months of age.
  • Brown Rice may be cooked in boiling water.
  • Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and meats are all good foods to add and mix with brown rice homemade baby cereals.
MILLET (1 cup cooked - pearled)
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Vitamin A - 5 IU
Vitamin C - 0 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .18 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .14 mg
Niacin - 2.3 mg
Folate - 33 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium - 108 mg
Phosphorus - 174 mg
Magnesium - 77 mg
Calcium - 5 mg
Sodium - 3 mg
Iron - 1.09 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.
Protein - 6.11 g
  • It is able to be introduced to baby from 6-8 months of age.
  • Millet is rich in B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and is even considered a good protein source. Millet is very versatile and may be used as a cereal, as a pilaf or in any dish that uses rice.
Please Remember
  • Always you consult with your pediatrician about introducing solid foods to your baby.
  • Don't give beets, spinach, collards or turnip greens to babies under one year of age.
  • Don't feed nuts, raisins, popcorn, raw vegetables, unpeeled fruits, or peanut butter to children under the age of 2.
  • Don't force feed your child.
  • To begin solids foods, start with one or two spoonfuls and let your baby guide you.
  • To begin supplementing your baby's liquid diet.