Begins to use a spoon and fork,Feeds self easily with fingers
Drinks from a sippy cup or open cup with assistance
Feed at regular times
Whole grain crackers and cereal
Whole grain pasta and rice
Pieces of cooked, moist meat, fish orpoultry
Cooked or grated vegetables
Soft, sliced fruit
Solid food intake:
3 meals and 2 snacks
Transistion to the family diet
Variety of textures
Bite sized pieces
DHA is an Omega-3 fat prominent in your baby's brain and important for his normal brain and eye development. By your baby's 2nd birthday, most of his brain growth will have already occurred.
If using an infant or toddler formula, use a formula that has docosahexaenoic acid(DHA). Once on solids, fatty fish is another excellent way to ensure your baby's diet is rich in DHA.†
Average DHA amount in breast milk: 0.32% of total fatty acids.
Iron is essential for your baby's physical and mental growth, and as he grows he needs more to meet his nutritional needs. Once your baby is on solids, make sure you provide iron rich foods.
Iron from animal products, especially meat, is absorbed more easily than from other sources. Vitamin C also helps absorption of iron from plant sources (non-heme-iron).
Your baby needs calcium for healthy development, especially of his bones and teeth.
* Average amount of DHA and ARA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% and 0.47% (mean ± standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women).
† For example, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon and shrimp. Visit the FDA website for advice regarding eating fish.