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5 Steps to Starting Solids

Okay, some are more like purees in a jar. But they're baby's first taste of a non-liquid diet, so you need to know what to begin with and when.
feeding baby in highchair Baby's First Bite

After her son had made all sorts of -- "What's that? I'm totally fascinated by it" -- looks, Katie McDonald Neitz decided the time was right to feed him "real" food for the first time. "You could tell he was interested in eating because he would stare at us as we ate," says the Center Valley, Pennsylvania, mom. Samuel was 5 months when he had his first spoonful of rice cereal; this falls smack-dab in the middle of the recommended age range for introducing solids. But not all kids start eating at the same time, and not all show identical signs of readiness. How do you know what's right for your baby? Here are answers to your solid food questions.