At this age, your baby's ready to try noshing on something more substantial in addition to milk. Start with foods that have a pureed consistency. Progress to a soft, mashed consistency (think smashed bananas). Your baby was born with a large stash of iron, but that's almost used up. Many experts suggest a first food should be high in iron.
Iron rich foods:
If all those are well received and no allergies pop up, you can start adding in other foods, one at a time. Which food come next depends on your family culture and your baby's taste preferences.
Have you ever watched your baby chase an elusive crumb around the high chair tray, finally catch it and eat it? What a look of accomplishment! Finger food and foods with more texture can be introduced at this stage.
On a typical day your baby will have a couple snacks and three meals along with breastfeeding or formula. Find out what you can expect the next year in Toddler Nutrition Must-Haves.
Some see the transition to solid foods a milestone to celebrate. How did your baby react to those first few bites? Did you capture it digitally? Share your baby's favorite food!