Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tete | 2012-05-14


Introducing solids

Hi Doc

My baby is 8 months and two weeks old. When is the right time to introduce porridge, potatoes etc. and also yoghutrs (danone)

Expert's Reply



You can introduce the porridge and yoghurt now and potatoes at about 10 months.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-05-21

Babies are generallly ready for solids at about the middle of the first year - some a little earlier and some a little later.

You can tell when baby is ready because they will grab food off your plate and eat it.

Baby can manage a half a baked potato to hold in their hand and nibble on from as soon as they begin on solids. Yoghurt is Ok from when they start as well. Porridge such as jungle oats and maltabella etc can be started at around 8 months.

If you feed baby at the table with the rest of hte family and give them small portions to eat of whatever you are eating, they will get a healhty balanced diet. Feed foods like cottage pie, soups, yoghurt etc by spoon, but let baby feed themselves the rest - just obviously don''t give foods that hard pieces could break off and choke baby or foods that are known allergens like egg too early, or honey which can have bottulism spores, or citrus which is burny in their little mouths.

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