Starting solids

All about starting solids when your baby's ready (around 6 months of age). Each page begins with a short video followed by key messages in English and 9 other languages. Scroll down each page for more detailed information (like a How to get started with solids checklist). You might like to start by watching the video on the page Starting solids: Key messages.

 

Mother with her baby on her lap, giving her baby a spoon of pureed baby food

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Around 6 months, your baby starts to need the extra vitamins and minerals (especially iron and zinc) that are in solid foods. 

The best drink for babies from birth to 6 months is breast milk (or formula, if breast milk is unavailable). From 7–12 months, breast milk (or formula) and water are the best drinks for your baby.

Start with spoon-fed puréed foods when your baby is ready (around 6 months). Move on to mashed and chopped foods over the next few months. Offer finger foods from 7–8 months when your baby is able to pick them up, bring them to their mouth and chew them.

Start with one food at a time, and add a new food every 2-4 days. Over time, increase how much and how often you give solid foods. Start with 1-2 teaspoons once a day, and slowly increase.

Keep giving your baby breast milk (or formula) before solids. Give more variety and texture as baby grows older.

By 8 or 9 months, you can start to offer your baby their solids before breast milk or formula. By now your baby is probably having 3-4 meals a day, 1-2 snacks, and 2-3 breast (or formula) feeds.

Safety's important when your baby is eating. Make sure your baby's well-secured in a high chair, or on your lap. Find out about foods that are more likely to cause choking.