Feeding Your Baby Considerations
Your baby will be ready to start to eat solid food at about four to six months of age. You can prepare this yourself. There are good reasons for starting your child on solids at this age -
Don’t add sugar or honey.
Always feed the cereal to your baby with a spoon.
Don’t use baby biscuits, as they have too much sugar in them.
To cook - steam vegetables. Then mash, blend or sieve them.
Don’t add salt, Vegemite, Marmite or Promite or margarine or butter to vegetables.
Start baby with 2-4 teaspoons of solids at each meal and increase to roughly half a cup by 6 months, or according to your baby’s appetite.
Do not become worried if your child won’t eat solids or won’t eat everything you give him. All babies are different - some need more food than others and some do not need to start solids until six months.
Do not force your child to eat, he will eat when he is hungry.
At this age your baby needs to begin to learn how to chew even if he does not have teeth. Solids should play an increasingly important role in nutrition from now on.
Teething usually starts between 6 and 9 months of age. They usually like to have something in their mouth to ease the pain and discomfort - a rusk is great.
They will also enjoy feeding themselves using their fingers or a safe spoon. They also love chewing on foods such as cooked carrot, celery, green beans, pumpkin; meat, fish, chicken, cheese; pieces of ripe banana, peach, pear, small pieces of orange, apple; sandwiches, toast.
Babies at this age should be eating most of the same foods as you. But your should be cutting it up in small pieces or mashing it.
Raw apple, celery or carrot should be grated
Do not add extra salt or sugar to your baby’s food.
Don’t give fried foods.
Avoid the following - sweet biscuits, sugary foods, sweetened fruit drinks, cordials and soft drinks, salty packet chips and crisps, nuts, peanuts, hard lollies, uncooked carrot or celery and whole peas
Between 6 and 9 months, your baby can start to learn to drink from a cup.
To help him/her learn, give him/her an unbreakable cup to play with and show him how to put it to his/her mouth. Then, add a little water, juice or milk and let him/her learn to use it.
It takes most babies some time to learn to drink from a cup. Don’t worry if he/she makes a mess.
Each day your baby needs these foods to continue to grow to be strong and healthy:
If you are breast feeding, continue to breast feed for as long as you and your baby want to.
If bottle feeding, it’s a good idea to start taking your baby off the bottle by twelve months and offer milk from a cup.
pieces of fruit
peanut butter on plain cracker biscuits or bread
small pieces of cheese or cold meat
small cups of milk
Avoid all sweet, refined or fatty snack foods.
It is good to offer your baby water regularly. They may not want it however. Do not add sugar or honey to the baby’s water.
Breast milk and recommended infant formulas contain all the vitamins your baby needs for the first 4 to 6 months.
When baby is 4-6 months of age, you may wish to give some diluted fruit juice, especially in hot weather.