How Do I Know When My Baby is Ready for Solids?

 

There are two factors to consider when deciding the right time to introduce solids to your baby. 

These are;

  • Physical readiness, and 
  • Developmental readiness

Let’s start with their physical readiness and risks. 

In the first six months of life, your baby's digestive system will undergo enormous change as it develops the ability to digest solid foods. 

During this time, their immune system is also maturing, allowing them to better fight any illnesses and bacteria they may come across. 

Before 6 months of age,  babies have a much lower stomach acid secretion than adults. This means that babies under the age of 6 months have lower defenses against bad bacteria entering the body because they don’t have the stomach acid to kill them off. 

Introducing solids before 6 months can also increase the risk of;

  • Gastrointestinal infections (foodborne illness, diarrhoea), respiratory illness (colds, bronchitis), and ear infections. 
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How Do I Know When My Baby is Ready for Chunkier Textures?

 

So this is a question about feeding techniques. 

When you’re considering feeding techniques, I always recommend that you think about;

  1. Making sure you’re providing foods that meet your baby’s nutritional requirements, and 
  2. Helping your baby to develop a positive relationship with nutritious whole foods. 

When it comes to introducing chunkier textures,  every baby is different and will develop at different stages. Most babies are able to eat chunkier textures and finger foods from 6 months.

I recommend offering purees or mashes to begin the meal (like a first course), then offering them  appropriate finger food to chew on or play with afterwards. 

This might look like pureed or mashed sweet potato with beef mince, followed by a piece of steamed broccoli afterwards. This provides them with the nutrition they need at each meal, while still allowing them to explore different tastes and textures and learn what the whole food looks, ...

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Two Key Nutrients Your Baby Needs to Thrive

When you have a baby, there are many inevitable challenges from giving birth, to learning to breastfeed and establishing a sleep pattern - it’s perfectly normal to lack confidence or find these experiences challenging or to be overwhelmed by making choices about what to do. Introducing solids is no different. This is a time of learning for both you and your baby.

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can ensure you are giving your baby the nutrients they need to thrive when you start to introduce them to solids.

Up until 6 months, breastmilk or formula are the primary source of nutrition for your baby. But at around 6 months of age, there are two key nutrients that you need to start introducing through food, as your baby’s stores of these vital nutrients start to deplete at around 6 months.  These are iron and zinc.

 

Iron

Babies are born with a reserve of iron, which comes from their mothers blood while they are in utero. For the first 6...

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How Much Should I Feed My Baby?

Introducing solids is an exciting time for your and your baby. There’s new tastes and textures to be explored (and thrown on the floor…). But it’s also a time that can be overwhelming and confusing, especially for first time parents.

Up to 12 months of age, the primary food for your baby is breastmilk or formula. Both breastmilk and formula provide your baby with all the nutrients they need during this time of huge growth and development.

Introducing solids is about introducing complementary foods - these are foods in addition to breast milk or formula. Breastmilk or formula should always be offered before solid foods up until 12 months.

 

Variety over volume

In the first few months of introducing solids, the variety of foods you offer your baby is more important than how much they eat.

At around 6 months of age, your baby’s stores of iron and zinc start to deplete.

Iron is  vital to brain development and your baby also needs iron to make...

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Preparing Your Child’s Immune System for Winter Bugs

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s common for our kids to start coming home with sniffles and coughs. We are constantly exposed to bacteria and viruses and this is a normal, healthy part of life that helps us to build a healthy immune system.

What is not normal though, is when they are continually sick, require multiple doses of antibiotics, or take a long time to recover. The key to ensure your child recovers well from any illness is to make sure their immune system is able to fight off the bugs that come their way.

Gut health and the immune system

3/4 of our immune cells are in our gut, so it makes sense that gut health has an important role to play in keeping our kids healthy. These specialised immune cells attack harmful invaders, like the viruses that cause colds and flus, and help to defend us from them. The lining of the gut is acts as a barrier to prevent nasty microbes getting into our bloodstream and making us sick and then there’s the trillions...

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