Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- High Chairs
- Baby Food
- Baby Spoons
- Small Bowls
- cooked, pureed sweet potatoes
**Wait to start solids until your baby is between four and six months old.
**Choose a first food such as iron-fortified whole-grain rice cereal, mashed banana or pureed sweet potato.
**Thin the food to a smooth consistency with breast milk, formula or water.
**Sit your baby upright on your lap or propped with pillows in a highchair.
**Put a small amount of food on an infant spoon.
**Hold the spoon about 10 inches away from your baby's mouth and wait until he or she opens up before feeding.
**Watch your baby's reaction as you move the spoon closer.
**Feed your baby as quickly or as slowly as he or she wants to eat. This may only be a spoonful or two at the first few feedings.
**Stop feeding when the baby pushes the spoon away or shuts his or her mouth tight - this is how babies say, "I'm done!"