Starting Solids

Starting solids with a baby is an exciting, fun time but it can also be an overwhelming time for parents. If you are wanting more support book in with one of our paediatric dietitians.

Food before one is just for fun … or is it?

Food before one helps

  • iron rich food is very important
  • Baby needs to discover textures and flavours
  • Exposing your baby to food allergens
  • Baby needs to observe and imitate parents

Developmental skills:

  • Pincher grasp
  • Holding utensils
  • Drinking from an open cup
  • Grabbing food items with the appropriate force
  • Bringing food to the mouth
  • Closing the lips and forming a food bolus, etc.

It can take up to 20 times of trying a food before your child may like it. Some foods they may LOVE right away. You will notice some days your child will finish everything on their plate and ask for more and other days they may only have a nibble or none. This is normal! One of the most common questions I get asked is how much should my 6 month-2 year old be eating. Each child will eat different amounts. Children are good at knowing when they are hungry and when they are full. Listen, and watch for their cues. If they are pushing the food away or turning their head they are done.

What age should you start solids?

Solids should be started at 6 months of age. 

Ways to tell if your little one is ready for solids:

  • your child needs to be able to sit upright
  • she should interest in food
  • should be able to support their head

There are different methods for starting solids purees or baby-led weaning. Book in with one of our dietitians if you are anxious or unsure where to start.

Baby-led Weaning

  • your child is in control of where food goes in their mouth decreasing risk for choking
  • develops their pincher grasper
  • develops hand eye co-ordination
  • your little one is in control of how much they eat
  • independence

Traditional Purees

  • cooked and then blended into a smooth texture
  • slowly progression from smooth, to slightly chunky, to larger, chunks, to solids

Whether you want to do baby-led weaning or purees iron intake and fat are very important until

High Fat Foods

  • Dairy products – cheese, 5% MF or higher yogurt, 3.25%MF cow’s milk (not until 9-10 months of age)
  • Avocado, fresh, oil
  • Nut Butter (peanut, almond, hazelnut, walnut)
  • Coconut: milk, oil, flesh
  • Salmon
  • Olive oil

High Iron Foods

  • Red meat (lamb, game, beef, bison, pork)
  • Iron fortified cereals
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • Molasses
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Liver
  • Muscles and oysters
  • Swiss Chard/Spinach
  • Sardines
  • Chia, flax, sesame seeds
  • Tuna

Still have questions? Book in with one of our paediatric dietitians for 1:1 support.

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