Starting solid is an exciting and messy time in bub’s development. Its best to wait until around six months before starting those first test-tests says the spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. “At this age babies are developmentally ready for solids and need additional food to get all the nutrients they need”.
Stage 1 – Smooth purees are ideal solids. Apart from honey, which should be avoided until after 12 months, there’s no need to delay any foods. Withholding foods such as egg and fish can actually increase gallery risk.
Cook your baby’s food well and make purees a little thicker than breastmilk or formula at first. Offer them on a soft spoon at a time your child is alert and happy.
When your baby gets the hang of runny purees, you can introduce a more yogurt-like texture.
Stage 2 – Lumpy mashed and minced foods are next. “The puree stage only needs to last a few weeks and increasing textures is important for oral development.
Research shows bubs introduced to “lumpy” foods after 10 months are more likely to have later feeding difficulties than those introduced to them between six and mine months.
Stage 3 – “Most babies can manage finger foods by eight months” but be led by your baby’s individual readiness. This stage is fun, and feeding themselves is great for your child’s fine motor control.