As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child’s doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs – and can handle.
What age should you start feeding your baby baby food?
Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
What is the first food to start baby on?
What to feed
Breast milk or formula, PLUS.
Pureed or strained fruits (banana, pears, applesauce, peaches, avocado)
Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots, squash, sweet potato)
Pureed meat (chicken, pork, beef)
Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cow’s milk until age 1)
Is it safe to give baby water?
Once your baby is 6 months old, it’s okay to give him sips of water when he’s thirsty. Don’t overdo it, though, or you might give him a tummy ache or make him too full to eat well. After his first birthday, when your baby’s eating solids and drinking whole milk, you can let him drink as much water as he likes.