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Introducing more flavours and textures into your baby’s diet

From about 8 months, you can add foods with more complex tastes and textures to your baby's diet.

Here are some basics to help you and your baby make this transition.

Is your baby ready for complex tastes and textures?

Yes, if he is about 8 months old and can:

  • pull up from a sitting to a standing position;
  • walk by holding on to furniture;
  • eat with his fingers;
  • mash food well with his gums or teeth;
  • enjoy a variety of tastes and textures.
Containers of food
Bib and a baby formula bottle

DO’s and DON’Ts for feeding your baby solid foods

Even though talking is still months away, your baby might be telling you something. These do’s and don’ts will help you figure out your baby’s feeding signals, making the transition to solid foods as easy as possible for both of you.

Getting your baby started with solids

DO remember that your baby’s Similac® is still his main source of nutrition for the first year.

DON'T start solids earlier than 6 months unless it is recommended by your health care professional.

Tips for mealtime success with your baby

DO make sure your baby is hungry, but not starving. Select a time of day that is the least stressful for you, and make sure you have plenty of time.

DO keep a sense of humor. Early feedings can be unproductive, challenging, and messy, but also quite comical. A spoonful of carrot puree landed on your favourite T-shirt? Laugh it off.

Recognizing signs of hunger and fullness in your baby

DO learn to read your baby's appetite signals. By watching your baby for specific signals, you will learn to know his appetite. If your baby shows interest in the food you give him, it is because he is still hungry, and you can continue feeding him without hesitation. However, if he closes his mouth, refuses to eat, pushes his spoon away, turns his head, cries, or plays with his food, he is signaling that he has had enough to eat.

DON'T continue feeding your baby if you see these cues: turns his head away, refuses to open his mouth, pushes the spoon away, or cries when you try feeding him.

Ingredients and new foods for your baby

DO wait 2 to 3 days between each new food you add to your baby's diet. This will help you identify foods that your baby may have a reaction to.

DON'T season baby food. Babies do not need added salt or sugar.

Do not add salt
Steaming bowl of food in front of a microwave

Baby feeding methods

DO serve baby food from a small bowl. Feeding directly from a jar can encourage bacterial growth. Also, your baby's saliva can make the food watery.

DON'T put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can promote "baby-bottle mouth", a form of tooth decay.

DO gently stir and test the temperature of any food from the microwave before serving. Make sure the temperature is warm, not hot.

DON'T feed cereals or other solid foods through a bottle. Cereal in a bottle might cause your baby to gag or choke.

DON'T feed your baby in a reclining position as this is a choking hazard.