News & Media

27 April 2015

5 tips for introducing your baby to solid food

Introducing solid foods to your little one is a major milestone in your child’s development. But when should you start? What should you feed them? And what should you avoid?

Mum and bub

Introducing solid foods to your little one is a major milestone in your child’s development. But when should you start? What should you feed them? And what should you avoid?

Start with these five tips for introducing your baby to
solid food:
1. Each child is different, however most children should be introduced to solids around the age of 4-6 months. Your baby will show some key signs if they are ready for solids, such as being interested in your food, requiring more feeds and being able to sit upright and control their head movement.
2. Choose iron-rich foods such as fortified baby rice cereals or pureed meats when your child is transitioning to solid food.
3. Don’t expect your child to consume large amounts initially. Solid foods are only “tastes” for your baby when they begin weaning; breastmilk or formula feeds remain the major source of nutrition for your baby.
4. Keep trying and don’t give up! It can take 15 times or more before your baby may accept a particular food.
5. Be guided by your baby’s appetite: you as the parent are responsible for what types of food your baby eats, but your baby will decide how much they eat. Offer a variety of healthy foods often.

For more information about when and how to introduce solids to your baby, come along to a free New Mum’s Nutrition Information sessions, held regularly at Latrobe Community Health Service, 81-87 Buckley Street, Morwell.

For more information or to register please call Emily Orchard on 1800 242 696