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Feeding a 6 month to 1 year old

As babies grow, their nutritional needs change, and after 6 months you should begin to introduce baby food to supplement breast or bottle feeding, which will continue on beyond the weaning stage. At this age, infant cereals and soft or pureed baby foods are perfect as they are easy to swallow and help babies adjust to the new sensation of eating more solid foods. If you introduce one new solid food at a time and wait a few days before starting a new food, this makes it easier to identify any allergies that your baby may have. Once first baby teeth come in and your baby is more accustomed to solid foods, you could offer finger foods such as rusks or cereal biscuits to add more variety to your baby’s diet.

The period of weaning is an important transition for your baby, so try not to push your baby to eat everything put in front of them, be sure to follow your baby's lead and keep trying at regular intervals until they will happily eat what you are giving them. Every baby will progress at their own pace. Emerald Green Baby recommend discussing the introduction of solid foods with your baby’s paediatrician before starting the weaning process.

Once weaning is established (at approximately 8 - 10 months), food can and should be blended or mashed as opposed to pureed to introduce texture to your baby’s palate. Soft lumpy meals are suitable when babies learn to chew. Your baby will not swallow lumpy food until they are ready.

Again, try not to push your baby during this transitional period but keep trying until they happily eat mashed foods. As with the first introduction to solids, every baby will progress at their own pace.

The following are some foods that can be introduced to your baby from 6 months:

  • Wheat and rye. This will now mean that bread and crackers can be introduced
  • Baby porridge
  • Cow's milk (can be added to cereal from 6 months)
  • Fromage frais
  • Raw banana, kiwi, pear and melon
  • Well-cooked eggs (soft eggs can be given after one year)
  • Finger food such as cubes of cheese or baby cereal biscuits or rusks

When introducing weaning foods, remember that they need to be suitable and safe, and fed appropriately to minimise any risk to your baby’s health. Never leave babies alone with finger foods of any kind as these can be a choking hazard.

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