When to do it and how to do it vary greatly from child to child. Some may start as young as 3mths others around 6mths.
Your baby’s development and behavior will guide you when you’re trying to work out when to start introducing solids.
Signs your baby is ready for solids include when your baby:
- has good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported
- shows an interest in food – for example, looking at what’s on your plate
- reaches out for your food
Starting solids is also a step towards language development with the movement of the jaw and swallowing.
To start with, keep it simple. Pureed apples, pureed pumpkin,mashed banana & avocado are great ways to start. Remember babies like to keep us guessing. One day they may love the food but next day will refuse to even open their mouth!
Introduce foods when your child is most happy, around 5pm may work for some but after morning nap might work better for others. Remember what works for one child might not work for yours.
Don't be discouraged if you have spent hours cooking up fresh pureed batches of fruit and vegetables these can be easily put into the freezer for a later time so your effort isn't wasted if they screw their noses up.
Remember to consider allergies if they are in the family, go slow and cautiously.
Once your child has the interest and swallowing ability try mixing different foods, the combinations are endless. Your child taste buds are very different to yours so don't be afraid to cook something that you don't like your child may surprise you and love it. I never introduced Avocado to my girls as l was not a fan and didn't discover till they were around 5 and at their Grandparents that they liked Avocado!
Some great combinations to try
- Spinach & Sweet Potato
- Apple & Carrot
- Pumpkin & Broccoli
- Apple & Sweet Potato
- Pear & Apple
- Peach & Greek yoghurt
Remember to include water in your child's meal times, it is extremely important and great to start their love for water early
We have a great range of products to help feeding first foods that little bit easier.
My Squeeze is a reusable food pouch for babies and young children that can be filled with any squeezable snack of your choice.
Suitable for homemade baby food, yogurt, custard, jelly, fruit slushies’, smoothies and more!
Great for pureed baby food, in daycare lunchboxes & as they start prep/school as a great substitute for the frozen poppers and pre packaged yoghurts. Not only saving money but helping save waste as well.
Made from food grade silicone (BPA free) for easy squeezing, wide neck for easy filling and rounded inside for easy cleaning. It is also freezable, dishwasher safe and microwaveable
Safe Sippys are are great product when introducing water. It is the world’s first and only 2-in-1 convertible sippy to straw bottle, what one mommy blogger called “quite possibly the coolest sippy ever.”
Nothing irks parents more than buying something for their children that doesn’t last. That’s why we created The Safe Sippy2™ convertible sippy-to-straw cup in stainless steel. It’s safe, versatile and durable. So when your child says he or she is too old for a sippy cup and wants a straw bottle like the “big kids,” you can reach for the straw adapter instead of your wallet
-Dust cap, keeps the spout clean when not in use
-The spout is straw shaped and designed specifically for developing palates
- Handles help little hands hang onto the cup and removable for when your child can grip the bottle
- The sleeve is made of thermo plastic rubber to provide insulation keeping drinks cold for longer, also makes gripping the bottle easier and protects bottle when dropped
- The body is made of light weight, durable, food grade stainless steel
- Dishwasher safe
The Squirt takes baby food, removes the jar and the mess, packs it into a single utensil and with one squeeze—boom! You get easy, one-handed feeding. Pop on the cap to seal food on-the-go.
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