What First Baby Foods to Give to Your Child

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baby-foodMilk from the breast or bottle is the only food a baby needs in the first weeks of life. Solid foods should not be introduced too early - preferably not before 6 months - but some hungry babies will need to start solids before others. The first solid food given is often baby rice, mixed with the baby's usual milk, or pureed fruit or vegetables.


Solid foods

The first solid food given is often baby rice, mixed with the baby's usual milk, or pureed fruit or vegetables. Pureed foods can be frozen in an ice cube tray then one or two cubes reheated thoroughly when needed. Home-cooked food should be prepared without salt and spices. Retail baby foods are useful for days out or emergencies.

Fat and fibre

Babies and very small children need energy for growth and development. Fat provides a vital source and should not be restricted at this age. Babies also need fibre but not too much because they are unable to process it. However, do give fruit and vegetables to help prevent constipation.

Health warning

Do not give babies and small children nuts, particularly peanuts. They may suffer an allergic reaction or choking.

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