Make Every Bite Count: Older Infants

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines provides recommendations for infants and toddlers, an age group not included since the 1985 edition. Little ones have big nutrient needs, so it’s important to Make Every Bite Count. Today, we continue The Make Every Bite Count series with a closer look at recommendations for older infants -- that's babies between the ages of 6 and 11 months.

At about 6 months, babies start to eat solid foods in addition to the breastmilk or infant formula they are drinking. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise caregivers to encourage older infants to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods that fit within a family’s preferences, cultural traditions, and budget. This will put the babies on track to follow the healthy dietary pattern for toddlers (12–23 months).

As solids are introduced, it’s important to note that babies often need to try a new food 8-10 times before they will accept it. Caregivers should continue to offer new foods, especially fruits and vegetables.