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January 6, 2015

What should a 6-month-old be eating?

A good time to start introducing solids for your baby is around 6 months of age. However, keep in mind that breast milk and/or formula is the main source of nutrition for your child until they turn 1-year-old. So,  this time is for exploration, experimentation, and learning for you and baby.  They will make a mess, which is a great sensory experience for them so be ready for a clean up!


It is recommended that you introduce a new food every 3 days or so to be aware of any allergic reactions. More solid foods can be introduced once your baby is sitting or crawling independently. You can purchase jarred baby foods or make your own home-made baby food purees. 


At six months, your baby should be comfortable with: 

  • Breast or Bottle: sucking pattern
  • Open cup: use a mixture of sucking and suckling tongue pattern around 6-8 months. Swallows liquid from open cup with lips open and a bit of spillage.
  • Soft spoon: recognizes a spoon by vision and/or touch, opens mouth, and quiets tongue to accept spoon. You may even see a munching pattern (up and down jaw movement).
  • Suck, swallow, breathe pattern: long sequences of sucking, swallowing, and breathing with breast or bottle. Continuously sucks when from an open cup.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, please contact the pediatrician.  An occupational therapy and/or speech therapy evaluation may be recommended.

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