There is really nothing to be confused about. Solid foods are just practice for the next couple of months...formula or breastmilk still provides all the nutrients baby needs. I gave 2-3 servings of cereal at 5 mo. (only a teaspoon or so at each). Once you start introducing veggies, you can do a veggie at one meal and cereal at another, etc. As baby gets older, you'll gradually work up to several things at one meal. (i.e. by 7 mo., I would give a veggie, cereal and a fruit at each meal). I made my own baby food though, so it was really easy to offer a variety in small quantities. You can mix cereal with fruits and veggies too. (Banana and Rice, Oatmeal and Apple, Barley and Squash, etc.) As with most things...take your cue from your baby. When baby says he is done, resist the urge to give just one more bite. (Turning head away, pushing food away, spitting food out).
at 2:18 AM on Mar. 16, 2009