Weaning on to solids
By Kidspot Team |
Weaning onto solids

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best nutrition and is preferred whenever possible. The World Health Organisation recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for six months, with timely introduction of adequate, safe and properly fed complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years of age or beyond.


Early days

Many experts recommend that a baby's first food should be a taste of rice cereal mixed with a little cool, boiled water, formula or expressed breast milk. Stir together until it's quite runny. If it's too thick, your bub might reject it, as their palate has only tasted liquids at this stage. Offer half a teaspoon after your baby's lunch-time milk feed, then offer a little more each day, increasing to a few teaspoons over a few days.

What next?

Once your baby is used to cereal, try offering a small amount of warm pureed vegetable, such as carrot, sweet potato or pumpkin. One tip is to freeze the puree into ice cubes and store them in the freezer, defrosting before each meal. Many experts also recommend introducing pureed vegetables before fruit, as babies already have a sweet palate, which was formed from drinking breast milk and formula. Pureed pear, apple or peach or good first fruits to try.

Remember! Be sure to only introduce one new food every few days to check your baby doesn't have a reaction to it.

Try and try again

Offer the same new food for a few days, even if your baby turns it down at first. Research shows that babies often need to try a new food ten times before they will accept it.


This article was written by Joanna Bounds for Kidspot, New Zealand's parenting resource for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It originally appeared on our sister site kidspot.com.au. Sources include Breast Bottle Bowl by Anne Hillis and Penelope Stone (Harper Collins) and Vic Government's Better Health Channel

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