Generally, babies around 6 months are ready to start experimenting foods. When child reaches this phase remember of few basic guidelines.
Honey – baby must be at least 12 months before introducing honey because it may contain spores of bacteria that can cause botulism.
Allergies – most allergies are triggered by certain food like eggs, nuts, wheat, cow’s milk, and fish. This food should only be introduced when baby is not less than 6 months old. When trying new foods wait after 3 days before introducing another set of food to detect allergic reaction if there is any. Seek medical advise as soon as there is an indication of allergies.
Salt – should never be used to flavor your baby’s food – whether it is homemade baby food or jarred food, until they are 12 months! Baby’s kidneys are not mature enough to deal with it. Babies need only a very small amount of salt and this is already covered by breast milk or infant formula.
These early months are the time for experimenting and encouraging your baby to discover the enjoyment of mealtimes and eating in general. Knowing foods not for babies will prevent bad things to happen. Remember, supervision is essential when babies are eating to prevent from choking and gagging at this early age.