At around the age of 6 months, baby needs solid foods in addition to their milk feeds. If you’re breastfeeding, it is recommended to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible while introducing solids, as breastmilk provides a protective factor against baby having allergic responses to new foods.
When starting your baby on solids, cook as much as you can yourself, rather than resorting to commercial baby foods.
Week 1: Once a day, after the mid-morning feed.
Week 2: Twice a day, morning and afternoon, after a milk feed.
Week 3: Gradually build up to a ¼–½ a cup of food at each meal as baby demands.
By 8–9 months: When baby shows a preference for solid food over milk, offer the solids before the milk feed. By this time they are usually having 3 solid meals a day.
By around 9 months: baby will be having ½–1 cup of solid food plus finger food at each meal, as well as finger food at morning and afternoon snack time. The amount they will eat at a meal will vary from day to day, depending on how hungry they are.
By 12 months: baby will be having 3 meals a day of family food.
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