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When and how should I introduce solid food to my baby?
INTRODUCING SOLID FOOD
6 months
Signs of Readiness
Shows interest in food
Sits up in a high chair
Opens mouth wide when offered food on spoon
Foods
Breast milk
Infant formula, cow's milk based & iron fortified
Consistency
Pureed
Semi solid
Mashed
Quantity
Liquid intake: 540-1030 mL/day (4-5 servings)
Solid food intake: 30-60 mL (2-4 tbsp) per serving 2-3 times a day
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7-8 months
Signs of Readiness
Shows interest in food
Enjoys holding food
Begins chewing in a circular motion
Foods
Breast milk
Infant formula, cow's milk based
Consistency
Crunchy but easy to dissolve
Ground or soft
Mashed with tiny soft lumps
Finely chopped
Quantity
Liquid intake: 470-1090 mL/day (4-5 servings)
Solid food intake: 30-60 mL (2-4 tbsp) per serving
Start with 2-3 times per day and increase to 3-4 times per day based on your baby's appetite
Remember:

The amount and type of food your baby or toddler eats will vary. Your baby or toddler will refuse the bottle when they are no longer hungry. This is only a guide.
12-18 months
Signs of Readiness
Begins to use a spoon and fork
Feeds at regular times
Drinks from an open cup with assistance
Foods
Breast milk
Infant formula, cow's milk based
3.25% cow's milk*
Toddler drink
Consistency
Transitions to the family diet
Variety of textures
Bite sized pieces
Finger foods
Quantity
Liquid intake: 500-750 mL/day (2-3 servings)
Solid food intake: 3 meals & 2 snacks Increase portion sizes as needed based on your baby's appetite
*Health Canada,The Canadian Paediatric Society, The Dietitians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee For Canada recommends not introducing pasteurized whole cow’s (3.25%) until at least 9-12 months of age.
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01. Welcome
02. Table of Contents
03. At 6 months a lot has changed
04. 4 important nutrients
05. Brain growth
06. Why is DHA important now?
07. Developmental milestones
08. Stimulating milestones
09. What to know about starting solids
10. Feeding milestones
11. Introducing solid food
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solids
9-12 months
Signs of Readiness
Begins to use a sippy cup
Tries to use a spoon
Improved grasp and finger-feeding
Foods
Breast milk
Infant formula, cow's milk based
3.25% cow's milk*
Consistency
Bite sized pieces
Increased texture
Coarsely chopped
Finger foods
Quantity
Liquid intake: 300-980 mL/day (3-4 servings)
Solid food intake: 3 meals & 2 snacks
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