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That first bite of solid food is a big step forward for babies and families alike. Transitioning from a pure liquid diet to solids is one of the first (of many) steps your baby will take toward independence. Like a lot of those steps, the first ones can be a little rocky. But be prepared and patient.
What foods you present and your attitude toward feeding with solid foods will begin to teach your baby how to view food. It’s about more than nutrition — in a very real way, it’s about laying the groundwork for a healthy attitude toward healthy eating.
Most babies begin the transition to solid food at six months of age. By this age, most babies can:
When the time arrives, here are a few pointers for that first solid meal:
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