|Ages and Stages||Lower risk foodsc||Moderate risk foodsc||Higher risk foodsc|
4–6 months (as per AAP, CoN)
If developmentally appropriate and safe and nutritious foods are available.
➢ Begin with smooth, thin, purees and progress to thicker purees
➢ Choose foods that are high in iron
➢ Add vegetables and fruits
|Broccoli, cauliflower, parsnip, turnip, pumpkin||Squash, carrot, white potato, green bean (legume)||Sweet potato, green pea (legume)|
6 months (as per WHO)
Complementary feeding should begin no later than 6 months of age.
➢ In the breast fed infant, high iron foods or supplemental iron (1 mg/kg/day) is suggested by 6 months of age.
➢ Continue to expand variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, meats and other foods as tolerated.
|Blueberries, strawberries, plum, watermelon, peach, avocado||Apple, pear, orange||Banana|
8 months of age or when developmentally appropriate.|
➢ Offer soft-cooked and bite-and-dissolve textures from around 8 months of age or as tolerated by infant.
|High iron foods|
|Lamb, fortified quinoa cereal, millet||Beef, fortified grits and corn cereal, wheat (whole wheat and fortified), fortified barley cereal||
Higher iron foods:|
Fortified, infant rice and oat cereals.
12 months of age or when developmentally appropriate.|
➢ Offer modified tolerated foods from the family table-chopped meats, soft cooked vegetables, grains and fruits.
Tree nuts and seed buttersc (sesame, sunflower, etc.)|
cThinned with water or infant puree for appropriate infant texture and to prevent choking
|Peanut, other legumes (other than green pea)||Milk, soy, poultry, egg, fish|