You may begin giving your child plain cereal at 6 months of age. Beginning earlier may increase your child’s chance of developing food allergies as they get older.
At 7 months of age you can begin giving your child baby food. You should begin with yellow and orange vegetables, followed by green vegetables, and then fruit. At 8 months of age you may start giving your child plain meats. Introduce only one new food item every three days or so, to watch for any allergic reactions.
Cereal: rice, barley, oatmeal
Vegetables: cooked carrots, baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, peas, yams, squash
Fruits: pears, banana, applesauce
Meats: lamb, liver, veal
Foods to avoid until your child is at least 12 months of age:
Corn, whole wheat, citrus fruits and juices, pineapple, peaches, honey, strawberries, peanuts, fish, egg whites (yolk can be given at 7 months of age), chocolate, tomatoes