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How to Start a Baby on Solid Food

Follow these tips and soon your baby will be eating you out of house and home


  • Step 1: Mix cereal with milk Mix cereal with formula or breast milk.
  • Step 2: Sit baby upright Help your baby sit upright and feed the mixture with a spoon.
  • TIP: Use a rubber-tipped spoon to prevent harming your baby’s gums.
  • Step 3: Feed once or twice a day Feed your baby cereal only once or twice a day. Their main source of nutrients should still come from formula or breast milk.
  • TIP: Pick a time of day when your baby is not usually tired or fussy.
  • Step 4: Thicken the cereal Prepare the cereal mixture using less formula once your baby gets accustomed to swallowing.
  • Step 5: Increase feedings Gradually increase the number of feedings and the amount of cereal mixture. Be patient. Some babies learn to eat quickly but others start slow and will not master the technique for weeks.
  • Step 6: Feed your baby other foods Offer your baby fruits, vegetables, and meats after they have mastered swallowing cereal.
  • FACT: It costs between $9,000 and $11,000 a year to raise a baby.

You Will Need

  • 1 tsp. single-grain baby cereal
  • 5 tsp. formula or breast milk
  • Patience
  • A spoon with rubber tip (optional)

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