7 Things to Know Before Starting Your Infant on Solid Foods

Dr. Joanne Wagner answers, “One question I get asked a lot is how to start solid foods.”

  1. The recommendations are to start spoon feeding your infant pureed foods around 6 months of age. 
  2. Look for signs that your baby is ready for solid foods. These  include  good head and neck control, sitting up with support, opening his/her mouth for a spoon and having interest in the foods you are eating.
  3. Start with one new food at a time. After a few days if the new food well tolerated, you can introduce another new food. It does not matter which order you introduce new foods, for example vegetables first versus fruit first. Your baby will develop preferences over time regardless of the order the foods are introduced. 
  4. Keep in mind it may take 10-15 times of offering a new food before you baby may like it.
  5. Let your baby tell you when he/she has had enough. Signs that your baby is full include turning away or leaning back. The amount of pureed food your baby takes will not be the same each feeding. Offer solid foods 2-3 times a day. Formula and breast milk intake may decrease once you start solid foods. This is ok and we will monitor your baby’s growth at each well visit.
  6. Do not give raw honey or any large chunks of food that can be a choking hazard. 
  7. It is OK to give foods with eggs and peanut butter. Research now shows that introducing these foods at an earlier age may actually prevent food allergies. Talk to your pediatrician first if you have any questions.

Dr. Joanne Wagner, MD

Joanne Wagner, MD was raised in Raleigh and attended North Carolina State University. She went on to East Carolina University School of Medicine and then the University of Virginia where she did her pediatric residency and met her husband, Scott, who is a family medicine physician.

Shortly after the births of her twin daughters, Joanne returned to family and friends in Raleigh to join Growing Child Pediatrics. She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, boating, and just about any water activity. Doctor Joanne looks forward to forming lasting relationships with her patients and their families.