been written on the subject of starting solid foods.
Your baby will be given a combination of breast or
bottle milk with initial solid foods for many months
before being fed solely on solids and drinks other than
Unless your baby is not feeding properly on breast milk
or bottle formula, and not maintaining or gaining weight
normally, you can start offering solid foods anytime
between 4 and 12 months.
professionals now agree that starting at about 6 months
of age reduces the likelihood of allergic reactions.
weight gain is a problem, you may start earlier, under
the guidance of your healthcare professional. As
always, if you are unsure, see your doctor,
paediatrician or baby health nurse.
another subject that has been over analysed is the
tongue thrust reflux. The basis is that the mouth
and tongue movements needed for sucking are very
different than those required for eating food.
This invariably means that in the few few attempts of
giving a baby solids (really a slurry) will result in
most of it coming out again with the help of the tongue.
Eating food is simply a learned art, and babies need to
teach themselves how it is done. Only few babies
struggle with this skill. If your baby is
struggling, don't worry at all, just try again in a few
What Foods Do I Start With?
Most experts agree with this, the first solid foods
to offer can include the following. Note:
when we say solids, we mean a soft slurry of food given
to the baby on a small spoon with no sharp edges.
If your baby shows an adverse reaction, rash, etc from
any new foods, stop immediately and get medical advice.
Rice Cereal: It is the only cereal that does not
contain wheat. Wheat can cause problems in some
babies. Rice cereal can be mixed with breast milk,
formula or water to form a first slurry meal.
Cooked apples, pears and ripe bananas: in any
combination, alone or with some rice cereal to thicken
it a little is often a very healthy favourite.
Full fat natural yoghurt; a healthier alternative
to baby custard, if your baby does not like natural
yoghurt, try fruit yoghurt. Some babies get a
slight rash around the lips and or bottom from yoghurt.
If this happens, stop, and try again in a few months.
Vegetables: to start with try cooked pumpkin,
potato, carrots blended into a puree, either alone or
all together. Once your baby is established on
these, you can try other veggies such as zucchini,
broccoli, cauliflower etc.
you cook at home is almost always more economical and
healthier than prepared jars of baby food. Though
the convenience and portability of the jars can't be
Either way, enjoy the process of introducing new foods
to your baby. The expressions on their faces of
sheer delight, disgust and surprise make the first few
meals fun for all.