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10 Best Ways to Feed Your Baby

Jon Whittle

Month-by-month feeding guide:

Pregnancy and newborn stage: Eat up! Your baby tastes what you eat through amniotic fluid and breast milk.
4 to 6 months Start solids. Signs she's ready: She sits independently and grabs for things to put in her mouth.
7 months Introduce lumpier foods. Research links eating solely super-smooth purées past 9 months with pickier eating down the road.
8 to 9 months Add finger foods! As he practices his pincer grasp, he'll love picking up small bits of soft foods. See page 28 for 33 finger food ideas.
10 to 11 months Load her up with flavor. Experts suggest that when a variety of flavors aren't introduced by age 1, chances are that person prefers a blander, more limited diet as she grows up.
12 to 14 months Cow's milk (whole) is OK now, as is honey. Your baby's growth rate will begin to slow significantly and so will his appetite. You'll notice your child is putting everything in his mouth. Take advantage of this highly exploratory time by continuing to expose him to a wide variety of new foods.
15 to 17 months Around this time, she's likely to have a lot more success with her little fork and spoon.
18 to 23 months Between now and age 3, even the most enthusiastic eaters go through finicky phases (evolutionary theory: This pickiness may keep a wandering toddler from eating a strange berry that might be poisonous). Be creative and keep switching things up.
24 months Now's the time to replace full-fat dairy with low-fat versions.