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How to introduce baby to solids

By Sacha van Niekerk Time of article published Oct 18, 2017

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The move from liquids and on to solids can be daunting for parents and babies alike. Zelda Ackerman, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson shares tips to consider when introducing solids to your baby:

  • Start solids between 4-6 months.
  • Be mindful of when introducing certain foods to baby, for example, protein, dairy and sugar.

  • A variety of foods from all different food groups should be introduced from the beginning of 6 months.
    Introduce one new food every 4 days.

  • New foods should always be given in the morning.

  • Give new foods in small amounts. Not more than 1 tablespoon for the first 2 days.

  • Allergenic foods: Dairy, fish, eggs, nuts, soya and wheat should be introduced  one at a time in the first few months of solid introduction, i.e. from 6 months.

  • Do not add any sugar, salt, honey, alternative sweeteners or salt containing spices to baby food.

  • Use only fresh and unprocessed frozen food when making your own baby food (avoid processed food/tinned foods).

  • Babies need very little meat: 2 tablespoons max per day for the first year, ideally given 1 tablespoon at a time.

  • The amount of milk a baby will drink will gradually decrease from about 900ml at 6 months to 500ml at 12 months.

  • Encourage self feeding from as early as possible (even before 1 year). This promote fine motor development.

  • Steer away from store bought baby food and snacks. Use fresh fruit and vegetables and plain yoghurt or milk as snacks.

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