Advancing solids: Most infants at this age are eating three solid meals per day and eating a mix of thick or chunky purees, mashed foods and finger foods. Offer a wide variety of foods to include all of the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy and grains) and also higher risk allergy foods including peanut butter, eggs and dairy. It is recommended that you provide the higher risk allergy foods three times a week in order to help prevent a food allergy from developing. If your child develops hives, vomiting, swelling or trouble breathing within 15 minutes of eating any food, then call your doctor and avoid that food until given clearance from your doctor. Foods to avoid include any choking hazards and honey which is not to be given until 12 months of age.
Normal exploration: You will find your infant enjoys touching, tasting, and playing with different foods. Meal times are likely very messy affairs. Encourage self feeding and let your baby hold the feeding spoon as well.
Feeding and Sleep: Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugar in these drinks stays in her mouth and can lead to bacterial growth that can be harmful to future teeth and decay of an existing teeth.
Cups: Offer your child a sippy cup with a few ounces of water at each meal. Do not give your child juice. You may continue to offer formula or breast milk from a bottle if you are not nursing.