First six months dating
This is because formula is already fortified with vitamin D.Your baby's first foods can include mashed or soft cooked fruit and vegetables – such as parsnip, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear – all cooled before eating.Your baby's diet should consist of a variety of: Your baby will now be eating 3 meals a day – chopped if necessary – plus breast or whole cows' milk, and healthier snacks such as fruit, vegetable sticks, toast and rice cakes. Choose full-fat dairy products – children under 2 need the extra fat and vitamins. For around the first 6 months, you should feed your baby only breast milk or first infant formula.From 2 years old, if they are a good eater and growing well, they can have semi-skimmed milk. First infant formula made from cows' or goats' milk is the only suitable alternative to breast milk in the first 12 months of your baby's life.An open or free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for their teeth. It's recommended that babies from birth to 1 year of age are given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D.It's also recommended that all children aged from 6 months to 5 years have daily vitamin supplements containing vitamin A (233µg) and vitamin C (20mg).There will be some days when your baby eats more and others when they eat less, and they may reject some foods completely. All babies are different, and some learn to accept new foods and textures more quickly than others.To get your baby off to a good start with solid foods: Your baby only needs breast milk or first infant formula.
Check with your health visitor or GP first if you want to introduce solid foods before 6 months.
See more about food allergies in babies and toddlers.
Try not to worry about how much your baby eats at first.
Waiting until your baby is ready for solid food means they'll quickly be able to feed themselves and will be able to swallow more easily.
You may wonder if your baby is ready for solids foods if they: But these are all normal behaviours for babies and not necessarily a sign that they are hungry or ready to start solid food.