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The first year of your baby’s life will involve various dietary changes. For the first three to four months, your infant will only need breast milk or formula. As your baby begins to hold his head up, is teething and shows interest in food (at around four to six months), you can start to introduce pureed foods and cereals (iron-fortified) into their diet. This transition may be messy at first. Over time your baby will become more independent (and interested!) in feeding himself/herself. When do you know it is a good time to hand the spoon over? Sharon Robinson, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, provides some tips on how you can transition your child from being spoon-fed to beginning to eat on their own:
When did your kids start eating solid foods? How old were they when they began feeding themselves? What were some of their favorite foods?