What is solid foods?

What foods should you avoid when introducing foods to your baby?

When you start to feed solid foods to your baby, there are some things you want to avoid. Some foods aren't safe or healthy for babies.

Here's a list of foods to avoid for your baby:

  • Foods that may cause your baby to choke. These include hot dogs, whole or chopped nuts and seeds, chunks of nut butter, popcorn, raw carrots and apples, and uncut grapes, berries, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Honey. Babies shouldn't have honey at all until they're 12 months old.
  • Unpasteurized or raw dairy products.
  • Fish that's high in mercury. You'll want to avoid serving king mackerel, marlin, shark, swordfish, orange roughy, tilefish, and bigeye tuna.
  • Foods and drinks with added sugars. Some examples include cookies, flavored yogurt, and juice.
  • Foods and drinks that have a lot of salt. These include canned soups, processed meats, and frozen meals.

What are the signs that your baby is ready to eat solid foods?

Your baby may be ready to eat solid foods when your baby:

  • Is about 6 months old.
  • Starts to get curious about foods. Your baby may reach for what you're eating and drinking.
  • Can sit alone or with support.
  • Has good head and neck control.
  • Is able to hold small objects, such as toys or food.
  • Can move food to the back of their mouth to swallow.

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