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8 things to know before starting solid foods

Iron-rich foods

Focus on iron-rich foods as you choose the first ones to introduce.

When you decide your baby is ready to try solid foods, you may wonder just what food you should start with! An easier way to approach this milestone is to focus on the nutrients that the potential foods contain. Iron is in high demand in your baby’s body around this age, so choose options that are packed with it. Try Iron-fortified cereals, pureed meats, or pureed veggies that are high in iron (like spinach).

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Infant Food and Feeding.
  2. Castle JL and Jacobsen MT. Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. Jossey-Bass/Wiley. 2013.

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