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Feeding / 6 month old

The 6 to 9 month period involves dramatic dietary changes. At six months, some children are taking a variety of stage 1 foods and some children have not started solid foods. By 9 months most children are able to eat a variety of table foods.

During this period, children usually drink a consistent amount of milk. Formula fed children typically drink 25 to 35 ounces a day. I would recommend offering your child a sippy cup. Once they learn to take it well, you can get rid of bottles.

At 6 months, children can begin stage 2 foods (these are courser than stage 1). They can also chew on what I call “too big foods”. These are things like a toasted half of a bagel, a large carrot, a large piece of apple or zwieback teething toast (Items the child can chew on and taste, but are “too big” to really eat)

At 7 -8 months children can begin the small pick up foods like Cheerios or Puffs. Offering these type of foods should improve the child’s fine motor pincer grasp. We often begin fresh fruit offered in a mesh fruit feeder. They are gross to clean, but the kids like them.

At the Gordon house, 9 month olds will often be offered thinly sliced turkey from the deli, cut up pieces of fruit (like halves of a grape) and pieces of pasta.

As children near 9 months old, they often closely watch their parents eat. They begin to want to eat what you eat and when your eating it. In this way, by 9 months most children are receiving solids 3 times a day.

7 month old dislikes baby food

My 7-month old son isn't very fond of baby cereal or baby food (out of a jar).  Do you have any other food suggestions (i.e., mashed bananas, mashed avocado, etc.)? There is great variation on what 7 month olds (... more on 7 month old dislikes baby food)

Citrus for Babies

Can I feed my 8 month old citrus? Yes you can. Oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons are a great source of vitamin C and should be encouraged. While most tolerate citrus well, it can cause some children to get diaper (... more on citrus for babies)

failure to thrive

Failure to Thrive

I have a question about my baby's lack of significant weight gain. When I brought my baby in for his four month visit he weighed 14 pounds. I brought him in for immunizations this week, at six months old and he weighs the same, 14.11 pounds. As my breast milk has unfortunately weaned in the past month, we (... more on Failure to Thrive)

Reaction to Blueberries

My 7 month old just had aminor skin irritation/reaction to blueberries this morning.  It made her cheeks break out in a rash for about an hour.  She has very fair skin & light eyes.  What other berries & fruit should we stay (... more on Reaction to Blueberries)

Spices in Baby Food

My husband and I are both chefs and have been making our 7 month old son the "typical" baby foods like carrots, squash, and fruit purees. I read on your website that he can start having other types of solids but what about spices?  (... more on Spices in Baby Food)

 

Updated January 2015 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

 

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