When Should You Start Baby Food?

By around 6 months of age, babies need solid food in addition to breast milk or formula for growth and nutrition, says Dr. Tracey Agnese, pediatrician in New York City. “Solids are usually started between 4 and 6 months of age when the infant is developmentally ready. Your baby is probably ready for solids when they are able to sit up with support, have good head and neck control, and show interest in your food while you’re eating (watches you eat, opens mouth and leans forward when food is offered),” she says.
If your baby spits out the food or refuses to eat it, they’re probably not ready yet, so wait and try again in a week, Dr. Agnese reassures.

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Feeding Babies: Starting Solid Foods

Ever wonder when you should feed solid foods to your baby? Let us help you take the first steps toward raising a competent eater. Learn the cues that baby is ready for solid foods, options for first foods and textures, and how to tell when they are hungry or full.

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Best Baby Food Top Picks

Best Overall: Happy Baby Organic Baby Food at Amazon
“Happy Baby has a robust line of organic baby food for first tastes to toddler years.” 
Best Budget: Plum Organics Baby Food at Amazon
“Plum Organics puree pouches come in three stages to meet the needs of babies as they grow.”
Most Widely Available: Ella’s Kitchen Organic at Amazon
“Organic crunchy snacks plus fruit smoothie pouches for meals on the go… easy to find for most families.”
Most Creative Names: Once Upon a Farm Organic at Amazon
“Who could resist The Fairest of Pears, Magic Velvet Mango, or Wild Rumpus Avocado?”
Best Flavor Combos: Sprout Organic Baby Food at Amazon
“A greater selection of flavor blends, such as apple blueberry to pear, spinach, and prune.” 
Best for Older Babies: Peter Rabbit Organics Baby Food at Amazon
“Fruit and vegetable blends that are appropriate for older babies, toddlers, and anyone who enjoys portable nutrition.”
Best for Toddlers: Earth’s Best Organic at Amazon
“Choose from typical rice and oatmeal varieties, multi-grain (oats, wheat, and barley) and cereals mixed with fruit.”
Best Legacy Brand: Gerber Organic Baby Foods at Amazon
“Gerber has worked to create a nice variety of flavors… while keeping the price friendly to parents on a budget.”

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Baby Food Stages

Knowing what foods your baby needs to eat can be confusing. Here are a few basics about the three main baby food stages.

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Baby Food Study Results

Not all baby foods are created equal. Learn all about it below.

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