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Most Pediatricians tell parents to start solids at about 6 months but there is no real need for a baby who is growing well and content to start solids until closer to the baby's first birthday.
A baby who is sitting up, unsupported and showing an interest in the food others are eating is probably ready to start eating first foods; rice cereal, strained carrots, squash, applesauce etc.

Babies don't need salt, sugar or spices added to their foods at this age - table food should not be added until after the baby has teeth.
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