Now I Can Sit On My Own

Look at me! I can sit well without any help. I am between 6 and 8 months old. I am ready to start eating solid foods daily.

I like my food plain!
No need to add sugars, syrups, honey, butter, salt or spices.

I may be able to:

  • Use my hands to bring toys and food to my mouth
  • Try to pick up small things
  • Keep pureed food in my mouth to swallow it
  • Clean food off of a spoon with my mouth
  • Drink from a cup with help
  • Learn to crawl

When I am hungry, I may:

  • Reach for food
  • Point to food
  • Get excited when I see food

When I am full, I may:

  • Push food away
  • Close my mouth tight
  • Slow down eating
  • Start playing with my food

Wait to give me cow's milk, shellfish, whole eggs, egg whites until I am 1 year old.

Wait to introduce peanut butter until I am 2 years old.

What I can eat/How much I might eat each day:

What I Can Eat Serving Size # Times per Day
Breastmilk Breastfeed me whenever I show you that I am hungry, about 3-5 times each day.
Infant Formula 6-8 ounces 3-5 (24-32 oz total)
Infant Cereal (prepared thin) 2-4 tablespoons 1-2
Meats, egg yolk, beans or tofu (strained or pureed) 1-2 tablespoons 1-2
Vegetables (plain, cooked, strained or pureed) 2-3 tablespoons 1-2
Fruits (soft or cooked, strained or pureed) 2-3 tablespoons 1-2
100% Juice I can have up to 4-6 ounces in a day, but pureed fruit is better for me.
Let me use a cup to drink my juice (not a bottle).

Publication 4325 New York State Department of Health www.breastfeedingpartners.org This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Ver. 4/09