My 2nd daughter is almost 5 months old and her paediatrician gave the below information and asked me to start solids with consistency as mentioned below. I have put this information on my blog as is so that I can refer it from time to time and with the hope that it will help some of my friends and readers. Good luck!
Please note: every child is different and there is no rule set in stone. Please use judgement and your doctor's advice always.
The below is in this format:
- Solid Food Texture: Age (Months) : Example
- Thin purée (runs off spoon in s thin column, no texture or grit) : 5-61/2 months : commercial tomato sauce
- Medium purée (runs off spoon in a thick column) : 61/2 - 7 months : pancake mix
- Thick purée ( can be eaten with a spoon but not with a fork. Plops off spoon but does not hold it's shape, texture is very small, can be felt when rubbed between fingers, textured pieces are uniform in size) : 7-8 months : apple sauce or yogurt
- Finely fork mashed : 8-9 months : cooked instant oatmeal
- Soft bite sized cubes (turn into a purée with up/down pressure) : 10 months : over cooked pasta and vegetables , soft/ripened fruits, avocado, cheese
- Fork mashed (grossly mashed with fork, has quite a bit of texture) : 10-11 months : egg salad, mashed potshots
- Soft mechanical (breaks apart in mouth easily) : 11-12 months : muffins, pastas, Mac and cheese, soft chicken nuggets, fish sticks, French fries, cooked egg, meat balls.