Category Archives: Introducing Solid Food

First Foods

According to an article in Pediatric News, it sounds like current research (and a soon to appear statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition) supports offering meat, fruits, and vegetables as nutritious first foods.

There is no good reason not to introduce meats, vegetables, and fruits as the first complementary foods, according to Dr. Frank R. Greer, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s Committee on Nutrition.

Introducing these foods early and often promotes healthy eating habits and preferences for these naturally nutrient-rich foods, said Dr. Greer, who is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Just a note — for decades La Leche League has been recommending whole foods (not processed rice cereal) at around the middle of the first year of life when babies are showing signs that they’re ready. It looks like the time-tested recommendation from experienced mothers is holding up well.

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Fun with Food

In our culture when we think of baby’s first food we often think of giving baby rice cereal on a spoon. Gil Rapley is an author advocating a different approach: waiting until baby is old enough (about 6 months) and letting baby feed himself. Her guidelines also talk about safety and special circumstances (like a baby that was born prematurely). She has a video explaining her “Baby Led Weaning” method. Here’s an excerpt: