All babies are either drinking breast milk
or infant formula exclusively until four months of age. We do not recommend starting solid foods before
four months of age. Ideally, a breastfed infant will not start
solid foods until six months of age. Some formula fed babies do start cereals at
four months of age. We recommend starting with a rice cereal and
then trying an oatmeal cereal and then the baby can progress to fruits and vegetables. There’s not many do’s and don’ts. Babies can have most fruits and vegetables. At six months infants who are breastfed usually
start eating solids, so their solid schedule’s a little bit delayed compared to a formula
fed baby, but they’re doing the same pattern. We recommend fruits and vegetables, Stage
One’s, that are blended. If you make it at home it has to be very soupy
and blended. At six months of age babies can also do blended
meats, depending on the parents. So you can do beef, chicken, turkey, veal,
lamb. Those are all very hypoallergenic foods as
long as they’re blended and mashed for the baby. We do not recommend giving fish to babies
at this age because there can be bones in the fish, and also fish is a more allergic
food, so I like to start a light flaky fish around nine months of age, and it has to be
very mashed to make sure that there’s no bones in the fish. Babies cannot have honey until age one. Babies cannot have any kind of peanut or choking
nut until age three because they can swallow it whole and aspirate it into their lung. There’s a very large range of literature regarding
food allergies in babies. So some pediatricians say, “Just give the
baby everything. Eggs, milk products, like yogurt and cheese.” From six months there’s no studies that show
that delaying these foods will prevent food allergies. And some pediatricians still like to stage
the introduction of more allergic foods, like yogurts and cheeses, till nine months of age,
and start eggs after nine months of age. Some pediatricians recommend separating, and
giving the egg yolk first at nine months, and then a week later try the egg white and
once you know your baby’s not allergic to the egg white and the egg yolk, then you can
give the whole egg altogether. Some pediatricians don’t like to introduce
peanut or nut flavor until after one or two years. I personally, if you don’t have a family history
of food allergies, I don’t mind starting nut flavoring before one year of age, as long
as there’s no nuts in the food. If I see a baby’s had signs of atopic dermatitis,
which is eczema or rashes, or been a sensitive child, I might individually design a food
schedule for that family to delay highly allergic foods to be introduced later on. Every pediatrician is different. Every family is different. Every culture is different, so it’s really
important to discuss this with your pediatrician and find out what the best pattern is for
your child.