When you start feeding your baby solids, always give your baby a breast feed first as this is still the most important part of their diet.
- Start with plain foods such as pureed fruit and vegetables and rice cereal.
- Introduce one food at a time.
- Puree and cook all food to a fine soft texture to begin with, and as they start to enjoy food you can slowly introduce lumpier foods.
- Avoid all hard and small soft foods (e.g. whole grapes) that could cause your baby to choke.
- If you have a family history of allergies it is best to avoid these foods until 12 months of age and seek advise from your family doctor before doing so.
- Use a small spoon, which has smooth rounded edges.
- Offer cool boiled water during the day (after breast feeds).
- Avoid feeding babies and toddlers honey and nuts.
- Always practice safe hygiene i.e. wash hands, clean surfaces and utensils, always use fresh food, use a separate board to prepare raw meats and always cook chicken, meat and fish thoroughly.
- Use a highchair with a restraint to keep your baby safe, and make sure your baby is sitting up, this way your baby will be less likely to choke.
- Never leave your baby unattended while they are eating.
- Use a bib to keep your baby’s clothes clean. Let your baby play with food, this allows your baby to feel and smell and experience the textures and taste and gets them used to different flavours, as well as helping them with a love of food and eating.
- Keep trying with foods your baby may not of liked at the start, you will be surprised once your baby has started eating different foods how their palette adjusts and becomes accustomed to new tastes and flavours.