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Adding thicker pureed food and highly dissolvable solids to your son/daughter’s diet is a good next step in having him or her progress to new foods. This handout will explain when your son/daughter is ready to try thicker pureed food and highly dissolvable solids and provide tips on how you can offer these foods successfully. It will also explain normal behaviors while your son/daughter tries these new foods and when you should ask for help when feeding these foods to your son/daughter.
You should continue feeding breast milk or formula to your son/daughter. In addition to breast milk or formula, It’s important to offer foods from all major food groups, like proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy. If you’re buying baby food at the grocery store, these thicker purees are labeled as Stage II. You can offer your son/daughter the following foods from each food group:
Here is a list of foods that are highly dissolvable solids that you can offer to your son/daughter:
Your son/daughter might show different behaviors while you are offering thicker purees and highly dissolvable solids. The following behaviors are normal while offering soft solids:
You can successfully offer thicker purees and highly dissolvable solids to your son/daughter by following these tips:
You should call your son/daughter’s pediatrician if he/she shows any of these signs while trying these foods:
Here is some helpful information about your son/daughter’s nutrition while he or 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. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s important that you continue to take prenatal vitamins so your son/daughter gets enough iron. Protein foods, like meat and beans, are good sources of iron. You can try offering pureed meat or beans to your son/daughter so he/she has iron in his/her diet.
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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