What are the best first foods? Should you introduce one food at a time? While variety is best, here's a list of TOP foods that offer the essential nutrients babies need to grow and thrive.

- Eggs - Beef - Chicken - Lentils - Sardines - Salmon - Quinoa - Beans - Yogurt - Tofu - Oatmeal - Bitter vegetables (dark leafy greens, e.g. kale, collards, spinach, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, etc.) - Vitamin C rich fruits - Peanuts and tree nuts - Seeds (particularly pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp)

What are the best first foods?

Do babies need teeth to eat non purees?

I know it can be difficult to wrap our heads around, BUT our babies do not need teeth to handle table/finger foods! Their gums are super strong and more than capable of mashing, grinding down the food.

When is the best time to introduce the allergens?

As soon as your baby is ready to start solids, usually around 6 months.

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What order should you introduce the top allergens?

The top allergens in the United States: Peanut Egg - both the white and yolk Cow's milk Tree nuts Soy Wheat Fish Shellfish Sesame When it comes to introducing these foods, you do not have to follow a particular order. Most evidence for early introduction comes from research around peanut butter and egg, I personally like to recommend introducing these first.

How much should a 6 month old eat?

However much your baby wants to eat! Every baby is different and the beauty of practicing responsive feeding is that you FULLY allow your baby to take the lead. Continue to offer around the same volume of breastmilk and/or formula. As your baby starts to eat more, their milk intake will naturally decrease gradually.

How many meals should a baby eat?

Follow your baby's lead. But to give you a general time frame, at 6 months, start with one meal a day. Then work up to 2 meals by 8-9 months and 3 meals by 10-11 months.

What foods should you avoid serving to baby?

Here are foods that can cause choking and so should be avoided: Hard or crunchy texture - raw fruits and vegetables, whole nuts, crackers, popcorn, etc. Sticky texture - a glob of peanut or nut butter Cow's milk - it's fine to add to recipes but shouldn't be offered as a drink Added salt Added sugar Honey - can lead to botulism

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