Get baby to eat right at every stage

Set your baby on the path to good health with nutrition that’s right for her age.

Baby eating puree

Baby eating puree

Before 6 months

If you decide to wean earlier than 6 months (after discussing it with your paediatrician)…

• DO give baby puréed cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat and yoghurt.

• DON’T give citrus fruits, foods containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley) such as bread or pasta, fish, eggs or unpas- teurised cheese — they’ve all been linked to allergies. Your baby also won’t be ready to cope with lumpy or finger food.

6 to 12 months

• DO give full-fat dairy products (yoghurt or cheese) bread, well-cooked eggs, meat, fish, beans and pulses and all fruits and vegetables.

• DON’T give cow’s milk as a drink although it’s fine to use as part of a recipe, processed adult foods (high in salt and sugar), low-fat or high-fibre products (babies need calories), honey (can cause infant botulism) or caffeinated drinks (inhibits iron absorption). Babies up to 7 months should have less than 1g of salt a day and a maximum of 1g from 7 months to a year. Don’t add it to dishes.

1 year onwards

• DO give honey, lightly cooked eggs and salt and sugar (sparingly). Mash or chop your family meals and offer a wider variety of finger foods. You can switch to full-fat cow’s milk for drinking.

• DON’T give whole nuts (avoid offering these until your child is 5 because of the choking risk) and if there’s a history of allergy in your family, avoid giving peanuts until she’s 3.

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