Tips and tricks to starting solids
When to start
The recommended time to try babies on their first solids is around 6 months - much earlier and there is a risk of casuing food allergies in your child. Conversely if you leave it too late milk (breast or formula) alone will no longer be adequate nutrition for your child.
Most parents and experts recommend you start with rice cereal mixed with a little cool boiled water, formula or expressed breast milk. It needs to be quite runny because your child has only had liquid until now so may reject something much thicker. Start small - just half a teaspoon after your baby’s lunch-time milk feed. Build up to a couple of teaspoons over a few days.
Once you have established the rice cereal, you can start on a warm pureed vegetable, such as carrot, sweet potato or pumpkin. For convenience, try pureeing your chosen vegetable and then freezing it in ice cube trays. Introduce veges before fruits as babies already have a sweet palate, which was formed from drinking breast milk and formula. Pureed pear, apple or peach are good first fruits to try.
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 10 times before they will accept it.