By nine months of age
your baby should be ready for finger foods. You may start with teething puffs
and/or cheerios. You may also start introducing the food that you are eating,
being very careful not to give anything that could be a choking hazard, i.e. hog
dogs, grapes, or larger pieces of apples. Nine months of age is also a
great time to offer a sippy cup so they can be experts by twelve months when
the bottle is no longer recommended.
That's it, there are no other rules. If your family has a strong history of
allergy or it is thought your child has eczema, discuss advancing solids and
even formula changes with your pediatrician. The pediatricians of Pediatrics
East strongly recommend that fruit juices not be given. There is no nutritional
benefit in giving juice at any age. The juice can cause cavities, obesity and a
long term craving of sugar.
page was authored by Dr. Melissa Adams.