Starting Solids: How To Get Started Checklist

Starting Solids: How To Get Started Checklist

Step by step guide to getting started with solids


Teaspoons of pureed food

  • choose a time when you and your baby are relaxed and happy
  • give them a breast or formula feed before solids
  • sit your baby in a highchair or on your lap
  • stay with them while they’re eating so you can help them if they choke
  • try one new food every 2 to 4 days
  • offer 1 to 2 teaspoons of a smooth and runny mixture, once a day to begin with, and slowly build up to ¼ cup
  • let your baby taste the food and suck it from the spoon
  • slowly build up to ¼ of a cup
  • once your baby is taking 2 tablespoons to ½ a cup per feed, you can increase the number of meals from 1 to 2 to 3 a day
  • each baby is different, and some eat more than others
  • when your baby wants to stop eating, they’ll turn their head away, push the food or your hand away, close their mouth or start crying
  • let your baby’s appetite guide how much they eat - don’t force them to eat all the food on their plate
  • give your baby time to get the hang of things
  • let them make a mess!

Tip: Spread a shower curtain or newspaper under the high chair or put the high chair in the kitchen

Source: Thriving Under Five and Plunket website

This page last reviewed 09 June 2013.

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