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Although feeding an infant can feel like a round-the-clock commitment, it is also a time to begin bonding with them and building a long-lasting, trusting relationship. Infants only need breastmilk or formula, and they usually let you know when they are hungry. Often, you may notice babies moving their hands to their mouth to signal they are hungry.

As infants continue to grow, the type of food and the intake of nutrition will need to change. It is easy to map when these changes and milestones should occur by referencing the different feeding stages. From 4 to 6 months babies can start eating purees and cereals, from 7 to 9 months they can start eating thicker pureed and mashed table foods, and from 10-12 months they can start eating soft, chewable chunks in the form of finger foods.  Luckily, there are plenty of resources available such as WIC (Women, Infants and Children) that provides nutritional food assistance and monthly healthy food packages.

Feeding Your Baby