Caring for your baby6 to 12 Months

I Am Your Baby

I grow best with love and the right food.


With Your Help I’ll Learn to Eat Foods

When I’m about 6 months old, I can start to eat solid foods. Please go slowly. 

If our family has allergies or I was born early, talk to my healthcare provider or WIC before I start solid foods.

Be Sure I’m Ready

To eat solid foods, I must be able to:

Daddy baby play time

I Will Go Through 4 Stages of Foods:


Smooth: strained or puréed


Mashed: smooth with some tiny lumps


Chopped: more lumps


Pieces of table foods

Textures of Foods

Baby food spoons

Baby food puree on
pre-loaded spoon


Avocado strips rolled
in ground seeds


Whole grain toast sticks


Diced raspberries


Baked, chopped chicken

Make My First Food a Single Food

Wait at least 5 days before trying another new food.

I Need to Eat My Way

Let Me Eat Food With My Fingers


Palmer Grasp

At around 6 months of age, I can hold food in my palm and bring it to my mouth. Try giving me soft foods in long strips, about the size of your finger.


Pincer Grasp

At around 8 or 9 months, I will learn how to pick foods up with my index finger and thumb. Try offering small pieces of food no bigger than your thumbnail that can easily be smashed.

Here are some ideas of foods to try:

How much should I eat?

I need to eat about 5 or 6 times a day. Formula or human milk will still be my main source of nutrition. A meal might be human milk or formula, or a meal might be human milk or formula plus infant cereal. Start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of each food. Give me more if I want it. I may not eat everything on my plate. As I start eating more, you can give me 2 or 3 foods at a meal. Load my spoon with food then let me feed myself.

Here are some ideas:

6 - 8 Months

6 to 8 English

8 - 10 Months

8 to10 English

10 - 12 Months

10 to12 English

Let me eat until I show signs I’m full. I might close my lips, turn or shake my head, or raise my arm. Ask me if I’m full. Then, let me stop eating if I want to.

Baby Sipping

Time for a Cup

When I turn 6 months old, you can give me a small amount of water (up to 4-8 oz. per day) as I learn to drink from a cup.

You can also offer human milk or formula in the cup. I do not need any other beverages, such as juice, for my age.

Food Safety

Introducing Peanut Butter

After I have tried other solid foods, introduce me to peanut butter. Doing this can be helpful if our family has food or egg related allergies, like eczema or other skin issues.

Spread a small, thin smear of peanut butter thinly on a cracker or mix it with applesauce and offer it on a spoon. Watch me for the next 2 hours to make sure I don’t have a reaction.

Dad feeding baby

Foods To Avoid

I need food that is right for my age and will help me grow best.

I don’t need added sugars, salt, fat, or additives. Wait to offer juice until I am at least 12 months old.

Don’t give me foods I can choke on, like:

Also, please don’t give me foods that could make me sick, like:

Play with me!

Put me on a blanket on the floor. Put a toy just out of my reach so I can move to get it. Roll a ball to me. Hold both my hands and let me walk with you.

Look what I can do!

I love to learn from you. Read to me. Sing a song. Let’s play games like peek-a-boo. Take me for a walk and show me new things. I’m active — keep an eye on me!

Mom baby caring

Keep me safe and healthy

For breastfeeding support, contact your local WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or WIC Designated Breastfeeding Expert.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The ‘I’m a WIC Client’ button now directs to Nutrition and Breastfeeding, the content offered on the site has not changed.

Side Lying Hold

Side-Lying Hold

  1. For the right breast, lie on your right side with your baby facing you.
  2. Pull your baby close. Your baby’s mouth should be level with your nipple.
  3. In this position, you can cradle your baby’s back with your left arm and support yourself with your right arm and/or pillows.
  4. Keep loose clothing and bedding away from your baby.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Cross Cradle Hold

Cross-Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, use your left arm to hold your baby’s head at your right breast and baby’s body toward your left side. A pillow across your lap can help support your left arm.
  2. Gently place your left hand behind your baby’s ears and neck, with your thumb and index finger behind each ear and your palm between baby’s shoulder blades. Turn your baby’s body toward yours so your tummies are touching.
  3. Hold your breast as if you are squeezing a sandwich. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  4. As your baby’s mouth opens, push gently with your left palm on baby’s head to help them latch on. Make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Football Hold

Clutch or “Football” Hold

  1. For the right breast, hold your baby level, facing up, at your right side.
  2. Put your baby’s head near your right nipple and support their back and legs under your right arm.
  3. Hold the base of your baby’s head with your right palm. A pillow underneath your right arm can help support your baby’s weight.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Bring baby to you instead.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Breastfeeding Holds

Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, cradle your baby with your right arm. Your baby will be on their left side across your lap, facing you at nipple level.
  2. Your baby’s head will rest on your right forearm with your baby’s back along your inner arm and palm.
  3. Turn your baby’s tummy toward your tummy. Your left hand is free to support your breast, if needed. Pillows can help support your arm and elbow.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:

Breastfeeding Holds

Laid-Back Hold

  1. Lean back on a pillow with your baby’s tummy touching yours and their head at breast level. Some moms find that sitting up nearly straight works well. Others prefer to lean back and lie almost flat.
  2. You can place your baby’s cheek near your breast, or you may want to use one hand to hold your breast near your baby. It’s up to you and what you think feels best.
  3. Your baby will naturally find your nipple, latch, and begin to suckle.

This hold is useful when: