By 6 months, most babies will be having 4–5 milk feeds a day and should be starting on solid foods. Solids will provide your baby with the extra nutrition they need as well as practice in chewing. There are many different options as to what to give your baby when they are starting on solids. Often this is influenced by your cultural background. The important factor is that first foods are nutritious and high in iron. The following pages will cover this in more detail.
This is also a good time to introduce your baby to drinking from a cup in addition to their milk feeds. This will help them to practice their hand to mouth co-ordination. Use a two handled plastic cup with a spout, containing a small amount of cooled boiled water.
The important factor is that first foods are nutritious and high in iron.
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