Starting to think about introducing
your baby to solid foods?
Introducing solids is such an exciting time in your little one’s development, but it can also throw up a lot
of questions for parents! But never fear—we’re here (complete with Alice, our very own infant nutrition
specialist) to answer your questions and take you through the whole kit and caboodle of weaning.
Perhaps you’re in the market for a few tips, tricks and recipes to take you through this next stage?
Great—we’ve got all of that and more. Or maybe you’d prefer something a bit more structured, with step
by step guidance? We’ve got that, too. In fact, we’ve got this whole weaning adventure wrapped up, so
let’s get started.
Weaning is a slow, gentle process. You're about to take your baby on an adventure that will eventually lead to them eating family meals around the table with you. But it's going to take time; at first your baby might eat no more than a teaspoon of purée, but as they accept more you can move onto two, then three, solid meals a day.
As your baby's appetite for solids increases, you may find they want less milk. But remember that milk is still a crucial part of their diet until they reach one year and is still their main source of nutrition at this stage.
Weaning is an adventure. Your baby will be experiencing new tastes and textures, and learning all kinds of things about food that will influence their eating habits and preferences for the future. So make sure this is a period of patient experimentation. This isn't really about getting food into your baby's diet as essential fuel, because milk is still providing most of the good stuff they need. So relax, don't worry and enjoy the ride. If your little one doesn't seem interested at first, just try another time.
signs your baby may be
ready for solids
Is your baby ready to take their first
Every baby is different, but there are some definite signs to look out for:
Your baby can hold their head up on their own and is able to sit up well, maintaining a sturdy, upright position.
Your baby can make chewing motions. They should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow. Some of that food might be spat out at first, but if they’re ready, they’ll soon to get the gist of what to do.
Your baby has good hand-eye coordination. They should be able to look at food (or whatever else is in their way), grab it and put it in their mouth.
Above all else, trust your gut about this. You know your baby best and you will know when the time is
right. If your baby doesn’t seem interested to begin with, don’t worry. That’s totally normal, so just wait a
couple of days and try again.
Most little ones will be ready to wean at around 6 months old (which is when we recommend you start
them on solids). By this age, a baby’s gut has developed enough to handle solid food without any
problems. But every baby is unique, so take your cues from your little one.
signs that don’t necessarily mean your baby is ready include:
These are very normal developmental behaviours that you often see from around 4 months, and are not necessarily related to being ready for solid food.
wanting more milk
WALKING AT NIGHT
REACHING FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S FOOD
if you feel that your baby is ready
ready to try solids
to start but you have no idea
where to begin, start here!
We’ll walk you through it.
should you introduce
It’s important to offer a wide range of foods, frequently. Babies have an inherent liking for sweeter foods
so will naturally accept sweeter fruit and vegetables over the more bitter, ‘vegetable-y’ flavours such as
spinach or broccoli (of course some babies will love these from the off—babies are all different). That’s
why it may take a few more attempts for you to get baby used to the less sweet vegetables you’re
offering—don’t be put off from offering these foods at a later time if it’s not a hit the first time around.