Thinking About Solids
For the first six months of a baby's life, they get all the nutrition they need from breast milk or formula milk.
After about six months your baby needs more iron and other nutrients so it's a good idea to start introducing solid foods. By the time they are one year old they should be able to join in with family meals.
Your baby will often show signs that they are ready to try solid foods. For example they may remain hungry after breast feeding or they seem to want food more often.
It may take some time for your baby to get used to the idea of eating solid food. They need to learn how to take food from a spoon, move it to the back of the mouth and swallow it. Make sure you clean the spoons and bowls very thoroughly, and try not to prepare more than your baby can eat. It is not safe to reheat or refreeze food you have already warmed so what isn't eaten must be thrown away.
If you warm the food for your baby, make sure you stir it and give it time to cool down before feeding it to them. Feeding can be a messy affair so put a bib on your baby and keep some wipes handy for cleaning the mess off their face! Keep a close eye on your baby all the time to make sure they don't choke on the food.
If your baby doesn't want to finish all the food you prepared, clear it away and wait until the next mealtime. If your baby shows an interest in feeding him or herself, encourage this by providing them with their own spoon while you have your own spoon to help them along.