Solid Foods

Solid Foods

Babies need to be introduced to solid foods one new food at a time.

Babies’ bodies are ready for solid food around 6 months because:

  • They are able to chew and swallow solid food.
  • Their intestines will be ready to handle solid food.
  • They will be able to hold their head up and turn away when they are full.
  • They have less chance of developing a food allergy.

How do you know when to start? Your baby will show you when they are ready to start solid food by:

  • Drooling more, closing their mouth and spitting up less.
  • Being interested in what you are eating and grabbing for your food.

  • Breastfeeding more often and still being hungry even after emptying both breasts.

When you start giving baby solid food, it is best:

  • To breastfeed or give formula first, then let baby try solid food.

  • To start with a small amount of food (1 small spoon) and give more to match your baby’s appetite.

  • To use a spoon (no food in the baby bottle) so your baby doesn’t choke. Have your baby sitting up and watch carefully as your baby eats.

  • To try one food at a time and wait at least 3 days before trying another one. This is to check whether your baby has an allergic reaction.

What foods to start with:

  • Starting at 6 months of age, babies need to eat iron rich foods every day.
  • Continue to offer breast milk or formula with iron to drink and vitamin D drops.

Offer iron rich food every day!

  • Country food meat
  • Cooked store bought meat
  • Baby cereal

Offer vitamin C rich foods:

  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Maktaaq
  • Fish eggs

At 9 months cut up foods from all food groups and include baby at the table for family meal times.

  • By the time baby is a year old he or she should be eating foods from all 4 food groups plus breast milk.

Babies should not be given:
  • Low iron formula
  • Tea or coffee
  • Cow’s milk too early (before 12 months old)
  • Sweet drinks (pop, fruit drinks, punches, crystals)
  • Sweet foods (honey, Jello, candy)

Your Community Health Nurse can give you more information to help you with feeding your baby.