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Feeding Frenzy: Taking The Guess Work Out Of Feeding Your Infant

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Once you've weaned your child off of breast milk, and formula, and he or she is outgrowing baby food, but not yet (completely) ready for (all forms) of table food, you may be wondering what to feed them. Well, according to the experts each age, offers a new opportunity for increasing your child's choices. And here is what they suggest according to the various ages and stages:

WHEN TO ADD FOODSTYPE OF FOODSUGGESTED FOODS
4 to 5 monthscerealsiron-fortified baby rice, barley or oatmeal cereal (dry)
5 to 6 monthsvegetablesCarrots*, squash. sweet potatoes, peas,green beans, spinach* and beets*
6 to 7 monthsfruits, oven-driedapple juice**, strained fruits; wheat, toast (without butter) mixed and high protein baby cereals (dry)
7 to 8 monthsmeat and meat alternatesstrained meats: beef, liver, turkeyalternates chicken, egg yolks. cooked dried beans (put through a sieve to remove skins), (no gravy nor salt); easily mashed vegetables and fruits.
8 to 10 months cheese, plain yogurt,finger foods

sliced meats and casserole

combinations ionssoft cooked meats
cottage cheese, mild yellow cheese soft cooked vegetables green beans, carrot coins cut in quarters, broccoli crackersmacaroni and cheese, spaghetti. beans and rice, homemade soups and stewscrumbled hamburger, some meatloaf.tender chicken and tuna fish (water-packed)
10 to 12 monthsfinger foodswhole egg (at 12 months)banana slices, pear slices. peach slices,watermelon. cantaloupe, crackers,cheese slices and macaroni

** do not give citrus juices until after the baby is one year old.

Finally, they note, that upon reviewing the chart and still having concerns or questions don't hesitate to contact a child nutritionist or your child's physician.

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