Like anything to do with baby milestones there is soooo much information out there, and a lot of it conflicting with each-other. So we’ve pulled together some top tips to help with the next chapter of your little one growing up...
1. When to make the change?
The biggest question one most parents minds is when exactly do you start and like with all these baby related there is no straightforward answer. There is however, lots of little signs and changes to look out for.
It’s normally around the 6 month mark, but things to look out for are
- Holding their head up by themselves
- Sitting in a high chair
- Starting to show interest in what you are eating
- Opening their mouth when you bring a spoon to them
2. But what do you feed them?
When your little one reaches 6 months old, their iron stores are starting to decrease and this is the perfect time to try iron rich foods. Beans, chicken and meats are great as the iron is easily absorbed into their bodies and they contain zinc and B12 all needed by your little one.
You also can try organic fruits and veggies, mashed avocado, sweet potatoes, bananas, cooked carrots and soft fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums.
Crackers or cereals are great options for them to explore, but try where you can, to avoid the sweetened options. Getting messy and feeding themselves is all part of the process.
3. Foods to avoid
At this early stage, it’s important to always cut round food lengthwise and avoid certain foods which may seem like great options but are choking hazards for children under 3 years.
It’s best to avoid:
- Chewy meats
- Peanut butter (can be had, but needs to be mixed with applesauce or smashed banana)
- Hard boiled sweets
And of course, make sure to check with your family doctor when introducing solid foods and also for any allergenic foods.