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When, What, and How to Introduce Solid Foods | Nutrition

For more information about how to know if your baby is ready to starting eating foods, what first foods to offer, and what to expect, watch these videos from 1,000 Days.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children be introduced to foods other than breast milk or infant formula when they are about 6 months old.  Introducing foods before 4 months old is not recommended. Every child is different. How do you know if your child is ready for foods other than breast milk or infant formula? You can look for these signs that your child is developmentally ready.

Your child:

  • Sits up alone or with support.
  • Is able to control head and neck.
  • Opens the mouth when food is offered.
  • Swallows food rather than pushes it back out onto the chin.
  • Brings objects to the mouth.
  • Tries to grasp small objects, such as toys or food.
  • Transfers food from the front to the back of the tongue to swallow.

What Foods Should I Introduce to My Child First?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that for most children, you do not need to give foods in a certain order. Your child can begin eating solid foods at about 6 months old. By the time he or she is 7 or 8 months old, your child can eat a variety of foods from different food groups. These foods include infant cereals, meat or other proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurts and cheeses, and more.

If your child is eating infant cereals, it is important to offer a variety of fortifiedalert icon infant cereals such as oat, barley, and multi-grain instead of only rice cereal. Only providing infant rice cereal is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration because there is a risk for children to be exposed to arsenic. Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administrationexternal icon to learn more.

How Should I Introduce My Child to Foods?

Your child needs certain vitamins and minerals to grow healthy and strong.

Now that your child is starting to eat food, be sure to choose foods that give your child all the vitamins and minerals they need.

Click here to learn more about some of these vitamins & minerals.

Let your child try one single-ingredient food at a time at first. This helps you see if your child has any problems with that food, such as food allergies. Wait 3 to 5 days between each new food. Before you know it, your child will be on his or her way to eating and enjoying lots of new foods.

Introduce potentially allergenic foods when other foods are introduced.

Potentially allergenic foods include cow’s milk products, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and sesame. Drinking cow’s milk or fortified soy beverages is not recommended until your child is older than 12 months, but other cow’s milk products, such as yogurt, can be introduced before 12 months. If your child has severe eczema and/or egg allergy, talk with your child’s doctor or nurse about when and how to safely introduce foods with peanuts.

How Should I Prepare Food for My Child to Eat?

At first, it’s easier for your child to eat foods that are mashed, pureed, or strained and very smooth in texture. It can take time for your child to adjust to new food textures. Your child might cough, gag, or spit up. As your baby’s oral skills develop, thicker and lumpier foods can be introduced.

Some foods are potential choking hazards, so it is important to feed your child foods that are the right texture for his or her development. To help prevent choking, prepare foods that can be easily dissolved with saliva and do not require chewing. Feed small portions and encourage your baby to eat slowly. Always watch your child while he or she is eating.

Here are some tips for preparing foods:

  • Mix cereals and mashed cooked grains with breast milk, formula, or water to make it smooth and easy for your baby to swallow.
  • Mash or puree vegetables, fruits and other foods until they are smooth.
  • Hard fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots, usually need to be cooked so they can be easily mashed or pureed.
  • Cook food until it is soft enough to easily mash with a fork.
  • Remove all fat, skin, and bones from poultry, meat, and fish, before cooking.
  • Remove seeds and hard pits from fruit, and then cut the fruit into small pieces.
  • Cut soft food into small pieces or thin slices.
  • Cut cylindrical foods like hot dogs, sausage and string cheese into short thin strips instead of round pieces that could get stuck in the airway.
  • Cut small spherical foods like grapes, cherries, berries and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Cook and finely grind or mash whole-grain kernels of wheat, barley, rice, and other grains.

Learn more about potential choking hazards and how to prevent your child from choking.

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Helpful Resources | Nutrition | CDC

If you would like more information on topics related to feeding your baby or toddler, here are some resources:


CDC’s Infant and Toddler Nutrition microsite syndication
CDC offers a free Web Content Syndication service that gives public health partners the opportunity to syndicate CDC content directly to their sites without having to monitor or copy updates. To search the CDC infant and toddler nutrition website available for syndication as well as other resources you can share, visit the CDC Public Health Media Library and browse or search for “infant and toddler nutrition”. Learn more about content syndication and how to add CDC syndicated content on your site.

CDC’s Child and Teen Resources
This collection of resources provides parents and caregivers, health care providers, and partners with tools and information to help children and teens maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.

CDC’s Child Development Positive Parenting Tips (Infants)
This CDC website provides information about infants’ development, as well as tips for positive parenting and promoting the safety and health of infants.

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early.
This website includes tools to track children’s milestones and resources about children’s development.

CDC’s  Parent Information
This CDC website provides resources and information on pregnancy, infants and toddlers, children, and teens. Learn how to handle common parenting challenges through interactive activities, videos, and more. Healthcare professionals and researchers can also find information on children’s health and safety.

CDC’s Division of Oral Health
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. CDC’s Division of Oral Health provides information on what parents and caregivers can do to ensure good oral health for your child.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025 pdf icon[PDF-30.6MB]external icon
These guidelines provide science-based advice for Americans on what to eat and drink to promote health, reduce chronic disease, and meet nutrient needs. The 2020–2025 edition provides recommendations for all life stages, including infants and toddlers.

Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approachexternal icon
This report presents recommendations for promoting healthy nutrition and feeding patterns for infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months, with an emphasis on dietary quality, portion sizes, and mealtime environment.

Healthy Childrenexternal icon
This website was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents. It features thousands of articles in English and Spanish on children’s health and safety, as well as interactive tools.

United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)external icon
The WIC Program provides support to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, babies, and children up to age 5. WIC provides nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)external icon
SNAP provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

Feeding and Beverage Recommendationsexternal icon
Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers science-based recommendations for parents and caregivers. Tips are available for feeding children from birth through 24 monthsexternal icon and beverages for children from birth through 5 yearsexternal icon. Tips for older children are also available.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Advice About Eating Fishexternal icon
The U.S. FDA and EPA provide advice regarding eating fish. This advice can help people make informed choices when it comes to the types of fish that are nutritious and safe to eat. It is especially important for those who might become pregnant, who are pregnant, or who are breastfeeding, as well as for parents and caregivers who are feeding children. This advice supports the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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CDC’s Breastfeeding Information
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States. CDC provides information for public health professionals and others to help support breastfeeding mothers, such as managing breastfeeding during various maternal and infant illnesses and conditions, any precautions for vaccines during breastfeeding, and recommendations for proper storage and handling of expressed human milk.

International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)external icon
ILCA is the member association for professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA’s “Find a Lactation Consultant Directory” can help you find a lactation consultant to get the breastfeeding support you need.

United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)external icon
USLCA is a professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. USLCA’s “Find an IBCLC” can help you find a lactation consultant to get the breastfeeding support you need.

WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children—Breastfeeding Support external icon
The United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Support website includes resources for expectant and current mothers about breastfeeding, overcoming common challenges, and thriving to make breastfeeding work for their families.

La Leche League USAexternal icon
La Leche League USA helps mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Office on Women’s Healthexternal icon
The Office on Women’s Health’s vision is for all women and girls to achieve the best possible health outcomes. They provide information on breastfeeding to help women make infant feeding decisions and to guide mothers through the breastfeeding process.

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Infant Formula

Questions & Answers for Consumers Concerning Infant Formulaexternal icon
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates infant formula and has a list of questions and answers about infant formula.

Infant Formula Do’s and Don’tsexternal icon
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides information on infant formula preparation and storage, as well as other tips on how to keep infant formula safe.

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Food Safety

Food Safety Concerns for Children Under Fiveexternal icon
Food safety is particularly important for young children. Foodsafety.gov provides information on safely preparing food for your child.

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Meal Time

Fruits & Veggies—Have a Plant Movementexternal icon
A resource designed to help spread the word about the health benefits of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet.

USDA MyPlate Kitchenexternal icon
This online tool features a large collection of recipes and resources to support building healthy and budget-friendly meals. Site features include:

  • Extensive search filters on cuisine, cooking equipment, nutrition content, and more.
  • Detailed nutrition information.
  • Cookbooks to browse and download or build your own.
  • Recipe star ratings, review comments, and sharing on social networks.

Video Series on How to Introduce Solid Foods
1,000 Days has developed helpful videos about introducing solid foods to your baby. Topics include:

  • Is your baby ready to start eating foods?
  • What is a good first food for your baby?
  • What to expect when introducing first foods
  • How much should I feed my baby?
  • How to win at mealtimeexternal icon
  • What foods should my baby avoid?
  • What should your baby eat in the first year?

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Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin and Mineral Fact Sheetsexternal icon
The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements has fact sheets for consumers and health professionals about vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements.

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Muscovites can now order food at the dairy kitchen online


"Now Muscovites can apply and order food at the dairy kitchen electronically. Residents do not have to submit a paper application and go to the clinic every month to get conclusions - now food orders can be placed online on the mos.ru portal, and to receive products, it is enough to show an electronic referral. It will not be lost and will always be at hand. Thus, the online service will save Muscovites almost four million annual visits to polyclinics. can independently choose a convenient milk distribution point and a schedule for receiving food," said Anastasia Rakova.

To receive free reduced-price meals in the dairy kitchen, Muscovites who are not currently recipients must apply electronically on the mos.ru portal through the new service "Applying for meals in the dairy kitchen" in order to assign them the appropriate preferential category in EMIAS and visit the local doctor once (if you have never visited him before).

Further on mos.ru the service "Ordering food in a dairy kitchen, choosing a dairy distribution point and a schedule for receiving products" will become available. Thanks to the service, Muscovites will be able to place an order, select the desired milk distribution point, manage the schedule for receiving food, including setting the frequency of receipt - one-time or weekly. In addition, you can select specific days to visit the point of issue, as well as view information about the volume of products that can be received on the selected day.

For those who have previously confirmed their privileged category (submitted a paper application to a medical organization) and visited a doctor, the meal ordering service will be available automatically on the mos.ru portal, there is no need to visit a doctor and reapply.

After placing an order, the service generates an electronic referral, which must be presented at the milk distribution point to receive food. It can be printed or shown on the screen of a mobile device. At the point, they will scan the direction and give out the necessary food products, as well as record the fact of issuance in the information system.

Free meals at milk distribution points are given to pregnant women, children under 3 years old (also nursing mothers of children under 6 months old), children from large families under the age of 7, children under 15 years old suffering from a number of chronic diseases as well as children with disabilities. To use the service, you must have an attachment to a city clinic, a valid CHI policy issued in Moscow, and a permanent registration in the capital. If the meal is issued for a child, then the data on it must be entered in advance in the personal account on mos.ru.

Implementation of such solutions became possible thanks to a unified digital healthcare platform. It was developed by the Capital Complex of Social Development and the Department of Information Technology.

More than 380 services are available on the mos.ru portal. Families with children can apply for various allowances and compensation payments on mos.ru. You can get acquainted with the block of services for families in the sections "Family, children" and "Social support" of the catalog of services mos.ru/uslugi. Also on the portal, users can read detailed information about the social support -mos.ru/answer-socialnaya-podderjka, which the city provides to Moscow families. Here are instructions on how to get childbirth benefits, help for single parents, take out a social mortgage, use a certificate for maternity capital, and much more.


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Free children's meals - Children's City Hospital Nizhny Tagil

Dear parents!

The right to receive social support measures have parents of children:

    • at age up to 8 months, located at mixed and artificial feeding.
    • at from 8 months to 1 year of age.
    • aged 1 to 3 years, from families with an average per capita income below the subsistence level, with a certificate from the social security authorities. For children not attending preschool.

    As well as nursing mothers during the first three months of a child's life.

    what parents need to do:

    liquid and paste baby food support
    ( milk, kefir, cottage cheese ), sign informed consent.
    2. Order a prescription for baby food before the 15th day of the month preceding the month
    receiving baby food (for example: until August 15 for the month of September)

    For children of the second and third years of life who do not attend kindergartens
    institutions, it is necessary to submit to the joint venture a statement confirming the family income ( term
    certificate validity - until the next date of birth ).
    3. Come in the clinic C 20 to 30 (31
    receiving products, for receiving an electronic prescription form.
    If the prescription is not received on time, it is withdrawn and destroyed on the 01st day of the month
    receiving products.
    4. Get products in the stores of the Monetka network, the address of which is indicated in the electronic prescription form .
    - baby food is issued by e-mail
    prescriptions on the days and in the number indicated in the electronic prescription; for
    for a month the child will receive food in the norm approved by Decree
    Governments CO dated March 2, 2011 No 167 - PP
    - returns products for missing dates are not processed in the same way as
    electronic prescription (program mma) does not allow this.


    Baby food is issued from May 1, 2021 in the stores of the Monetka retail chain. Approved addresses of points of delivery of baby food through the stores of the Monetka retail chain: download file Surikova, 18/1

    Children's polyclinic of Victory, 42 - "Coin" st. Victory, 48

    Branch of the polyclinic Dzhambul, 45 - "Coin" st. Altaiskaya, 27a

    Polyclinic Balakinskaya, 16 - "Coin" st. Popova, 12a

    Polyclinic Chernykh, 28 - "Coin" st. Krasnoarmeyskaya, 79

    Children's clinic of Karl Marx, 36 - "Coin" st. Parkhomenko, 3

    Branch of the polyclinic Kurortnaya, 18 - "Coin" st. Kaspiyskaya, 23

    Children's polyclinic st. Tagilstroevskaya 4 - "Coin" st. Chernoistochinsky highway, 15A.

    When preparing the draft contract for the free provision of services for the storage and distribution of baby food, drawn up in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, it was taken into account that the stores of the Monetka retail chain should be located in terms of territory close to the addresses of the dairy points of the institution.


    until May 31, 2021 will be carried out through the children's polyclinics of the institution.

    2. From 01.06.2021 the issuance of dry adapted mixtures should be carried out in the stores of the Monetka trading network.

    3. Addresses of “Monetka” shops where dry formulas for children will be distributed:

    Nizhny Tagil, Dzerzhinsky pr-kt, 57,

    Nizhny Tagil, Victory, 48,

    Nizhny Tagil, Popova, 12a,

    Nizhny Tagil, Krasnoarmeyskaya, 79,

    Nizhny Tagil, Parkhomenko, 3,

    Nizhny Tagil, Chernoistochinskoe highway, 15A,

    Nizhny Tagil, Kaspiyskaya, 23,

    Nizhny Tagil, Altai, 27a,

    Nizhny Tagil, Surikov polyclinic branch, 18.

    Government of the Sverdlovsk Region Decree of March 2, 2011 N 167-PP on the implementation of social support measures living in the Sverdlovsk region of pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of three years to ensure full food, children suffering from heavy food forms ALLERGIES WITH INTOLERANCE TO COW'S MILK PROTEINS, AND CHILDREN WITH EXTREMELY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT WITH SPECIALIZED HEALTH FOOD PRODUCTS FROM THE REGIONAL BUDGET

    List of amendments dated 05/31/2018 N 334-PP) download file

    If you receive a measure of social support in the form of free food for children and nursing mothers from 01/08/2018, you must provide the following documents:

    SNILS of mother and child, birth certificate of the child and mother's passport.

    Learn more