Starting solid food
When babies are around 6 months old, they develop the skills to start taking solid food as well as milk feeds. Encouraging babies to feed themselves from the beginning helps them learn new skills.
These documents provide advice for transitioning children to solids, as well as a handy recipe book for inspiration!
- Introducing solid foods - booklet for parents
- Starting on solids - information for practitioners
- Eating well poster
- Eating well: the first year guide to complementary feeding and eating well up to baby’s first birthday
- Milk & More - The Milk and More leaflet and training pack gives more information for both parents and staff, including lesson plans, recipes and activities for working with parents
- Recipe book - The Mik and More
- Eating well: the first building blocks for a better start in life - guide for parents
- NCT - introducing solids and weaning
- Baby's first solids - useful guide to start introducing solid foods
- The First Step Nutrition Trust - this site provides books, free resources and advice on feeding infants for parents.
- There is also a good short video on YouTube – ‘Ready, steady, eat’ from ‘CornwallHealthyWeight’ - a parents guide for starting babies on solid foods.
- Start4life - advice on first foods; information about sugar, salt and healthy eating.
- www.healthystart.nhs.uk - a range of useful food and health tips for parents and practitioners.
Islington breastfeeding and weaning support
Project Co ordinator Hannah Leonard Tel: 020 3316 8439