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