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What Foods Do I Feed Baby Second?

Phase 2 of feeding schedule

In my last blog post, I provide a guide for feeding babies from four to seven months.  This is the second post in my baby nutrition series.

When baby is eight months or older, gradually increase thickness, then chunkiness of food.  Offer bite-sized pieces of soft finger foods.  Watch very carefully for choking or gagging.  Add these foods to the previous blog recommendations:

  • Tahini
  • Ground nuts
  • Ground seeds
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Powdered kelp
  • Natural cheeses
  • Apricot
  • Apple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Okra
  • Cooked parsley
  • Wheat germ
  • Peeled and quartered grapes (not whole grapes)

For 9 months or older add these foods to the ones from above:

  • Dried beans, lentils, split peas  (ground and cooked)
  • Pineapple
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Rhubarb
  • Cooked greens
  • Finely chopped raw parsley and cooked onion
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Blueberries (cut in half)

This information was obtained from the book, Super Baby Food, by the author Ruth Yaron.  Other good resources are:  Whole Foods for Babies & Toddlers by Margeret Kenda, www.weelicious.com and www.wholesomebabyfood.com.

Also check out My Baby Compass, Birth to Two for a suggested feeding and quality time schedule. A speech pathologist also evaluates a child that is not properly sucking, chewing or swallowing his food.  This can be the result of muscle weakness, coordination difficulties or the timing of the swallow reflex.

– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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