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Feeding the Five Month Old Baby

5-6 Months


Remember to start foods one at a time. Give each new food for 3 or 4 days in a row before starting another food. If baby gets a tummy ache or a rash, you'll know which food may be to blame.

Usually babies start with rice or barley cereals and then slowly add other cereals, pureed vegetables and fruits and then progress to soft meats. After baby has tried each of the separate foods, you can give him the mixed versions, like mixed vegetables or cereals. If baby doesn't like a food, try again in a week or two.

When using baby food in jars, be sure the safety button on top is down when you buy it. Listen for the "pop" when you open the jar for the first time so you know the jar wasn't opened before. Don't feed baby straight from the jar. Saliva from the spoon can spoil the left-over food. Put a small amount into a dish instead. If food is left over from the dish, throw it out. Refrigerate the rest of the jar, and use it up within three days. Don't use regular canned foods for your baby. They have too much salt and may have preservatives or artificial colors that are not good for babies.






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