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3 simple ways to start your baby on solids
At around six months, your child can be introduced to solid foods for the first time. This is a big moment for parent and child alike. And as with all the steps of a child’s development, there are simple ways to make it work. Here are a few steps you can take when introducing solid food to your little one.
Take it slow
As your baby will be trying many new foods at this time, it’s a good idea to wait three to five days between introducing each new food. This approach lets you see how your child reacts to each food, keeping an eye out for any signs of things like food allergies. The most common foods that may trigger allergic reactions are milk, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat, egg and soy. There’s no need to avoid these foods, but they’re best monitored. If you family has a history of allergies, consult a healthcare professional for advice.
Solids to start
It’s easier to begin with soft pureed or mashed foods. Here are three ideas to get you started:
- Single grain iron-fortified cereal
Mix this with your breast milk or your baby’s formula.
- Pureed fruit and vegetables
No need to add sugar or salt.
- Bite-sized-and-soft finger foods
Try a spoonful of small, well-cooked pasta; small amounts of cheese; or well-cooked meats.
Want to know more about starting solids? For more information about introducing solids to your little one, our Careline dietitians and nutritionists are available to provide advice and support.
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