You can give your baby solid food when he is between 4 to 6 months after you talk with your health care provider. The schedule is as follows.
Waiting three days between new foods will let you see if your baby has a food allergy. The new foods will also create different colored stools. You only need to call your health care provider if you see blood in the diaper or if your baby is in pain while having a bowel movement.
Your baby does not need juice. Real fruit is better when your baby is at least 6 months old. (See below.)
Research shows that babies who drink large quantities of juice often are overweight as toddlers.
Fish (including tuna) contains heavy metals. Don't give fish to your baby more than two times a month.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic