When are babies ready to start solid foods?
Babies should have only breastmilk or infant formula until they’re ready for solids. This is around 6 months but not before 4 months.
Before starting solids, babies must be able to sit up with support and hold up their heads by themselves.
Offer first foods when babies start to look at your food, reach for it, or open their mouths when you offer it.
How to start solids
Try offering solids after a feed of breastmilk or formula, when you and your baby are happy and relaxed.
Offer 1-2 teaspoons of food to start with, and increase according to your baby’s appetite. It’s OK to mix different foods together.
First foods should be smooth or finely mashed to start with, then roughly mashed, then chopped. All foods should be very soft. Keep feeding with breastmilk or formula.
Healthy first foods for babies
Along with iron-rich foods, include other healthy foods like vegetables, fruit, grains and dairy. For example, try pumpkin, broccoli, banana, apple, oats, rice, yoghurt and full-fat cheese. Cook vegies until soft.
Avoid honey, raw or runny eggs, foods containing raw eggs like home-made mayonnaise, reduced-fat dairy, whole nuts and similar hard foods. Avoid foods with a lot of fat, sugar and/or salt.