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Offering purees is a good way to make your son/daughter’s diet healthier and more diverse. This handout will explain when your son/daughter is ready to try purees and provide tips on how to offer pureed food successfully. It will also explain normal behaviors when offering purees and when you should ask for help when feeding your son/daughter.
Your son/daughter is ready to try pureed food (soft foods that have been blended or cooked until soft and creamy) when he or she:
Breast milk or formula should still be the main source of nutrition for your son/daughter. In addition to breast milk or formula, you can offer the following foods to your son/daughter:
You can successfully offer pureed food to your son/daughter by following these tips:
Your son/daughter might show different behaviors while you are offering pureed food. The following behaviors are normal while offering pureed food:
You should call your son/daughter’s pediatrician if he/she shows any of these signs while trying new pureed food:
Here is some helpful information about your son/daughter’s nutrition while he/she is trying pureed foods, like the importance of iron and cautions about nitrates:
It’s important that your son/daughter gets enough iron so he or she can grow properly and be healthy. Babies who were born full-term can have low iron levels by the time they’re 6 months old. Babies who were born pre-term can have low iron levels by the time they’re 2-3 months old. Choose foods that have a lot of iron in them, like meat or beans. This will help add iron to your son/daughter’s diet. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s important that you continue to take prenatal vitamins so your son/daughter gets enough iron.
Nitrates, a preservative in certain foods, can be harmful to your son/daughter’s health. This is especially true with some homemade foods because vegetables naturally collect nitrates as they grow in soil. Make sure to rinse off vegetables before pureeing them. Nitrates are not a concern with jarred baby foods. This is because jarred baby foods are tested for safe nitrate levels before they are sold in stores.
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