How to: Introduce solid foods to your baby

After age 6 months, your baby should be ready to start eating solids. What you need to know…



If your baby can sit up unassisted, has stopped their tongue-thrust reflex (pushing foods out of their mouths), and can grasp and hold onto pieces of food, it may be time to offer them a good purée. 

Try them with:

1)   Single-grain cereal mixed with milk (in Asia, rice is more commonly offered before wheat).  

2)   You may also offer puréed sweet potatoes, squash, applesauce, bananas, peaches and pears.

Use a soft-tipped plastic spoon when you feed your baby, to avoid injuring their gums. Start with just a small amount of food on the tip of the spoon, placed into their mouth.

Don't add cereal to your baby's bottle or they may not make the connection that food is to be eaten sitting up and from a spoon.

Your baby may not eat much in the beginning, but give them time to get used to the experience. Some babies need practice keeping food in their mouths and swallowing.

This is a general guide. For proper infant feeding, please consult your healthcare professional for advice.

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