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Why wait until 6 months before giving your baby solid food

Why wait until six months before you give your baby solid food?

Waiting until six months will be easier because you can use soft finger foods or mashed foods (there is no need to puree) and there is no need to sterilise bowls and spoons. 

As your baby grows so does their stomach. When you start to give your baby solid food, you should be giving "me sized" portions, some people suggest using the baby's fist as a guide for how much they need. 

*If after checking with your health visitor or doctor, you decide to introduce solid foods before 6 months, you should avoid giving your baby certain foods. These include foods that contain wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, peanut products, seeds, liver, eggs, fish, shellfish, cows’ milk and soft or unpasteurised cheese. (Public Health Wales)

For the first six months Your baby doesn't need anything else apart from your breast milk or infant formula.
Starting on solid foods This is a fun, exciting time for you and your baby. It’s their first chance to explore the wonderful variety of food textures and tastes.
Choose a time

When your baby is awake and alert.  This will make it for fun for you and your baby.

Exploring  Let your baby enjoy touching and holding the food.
Ready to go  Start by offering just a few pieces or teaspoons of food, once a day 
Using a spoon If your baby is interested in the food they will open their mouth. It may also be fun for your baby to hold the spoon
Spitting out food Don't worry, your baby might not be ready. Wait until next time! 
There are usually three clear signs Which together show your baby is ready to try solid foods alongside breast milk or infant formula. 
Three signs your baby is ready for solids

1. Your baby can sit up well without support and hold their head steady.
2. Your baby can look at food, pick it up and put it in their mouth by themselves. 
3. Your baby can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push back out, so they get more around their face than in their mouth. 

Waiting until 6 months Will be easier because you can use soft finger foods or mashed foods (there is no need to puree) and there is no need to sterilise bowls and spoons.
As your baby grows so does their stomach  When you start to give your baby solid food, you should be giving “me sized” portions, some people suggest using the baby’s fist as a guide for how much they need.