The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that for most babies, it really doesn't matter what the first bite of a complementary food is. There is no medical evidence that a particular order of complementary food addition will be particularly beneficial for babies.
Also, although many pediatricians will recommend giving vegetables before fruit, there is no evidence that babies necessarily dislike vegetables if they are exposed to fruit first. In fact, babies have a natural preference for sweetness, and this will not change whether vegetables or fruit are fed first.
Traditionally, most moms and dads choose single grain rice paste as their baby's first complementary food. Cereals can be ground very finely to make a fine texture and no noticeable taste and can be mixed with breast milk or formula that babies are used to, making it easier for them to accept. Commercially made baby rice paste has special iron added, which is also ideal for iron supplementation for exclusively breastfed babies.
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