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Introducing solid foods (weaning)

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You can begin to give your baby food and drinks, other than milk, from six months old.
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Babies are naturally ready for food and drink as well as their breast feeds or bottle feeds from six months of age. This is when they are developmentally ready to manage foods other than their milk. From six months babies are ready for mashed, lumpy or finger foods so there is no need to blend or puree foods. Babies benefit from the experience of different textures. Touching their food is a really important part of your baby’s learning about different foods, so enjoy sharing food times together. Quite a lot will end up on the floor or all over the baby, or you! This is normal and actually important for their development. Food can be a lot of fun for you both.

Continue breastfeeding as you have been, there is no need to reduce breastfeeds, your baby will continue to get all the benefits including the benefits to their immune system. Bottle feeding should also continue, and will gradually reduce as your baby enjoys more food over the next few months.

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Further information

How to start weaning

Expert NHS advice, helpful videos, tips from other parents, and lots of simple, healthy ideas to help you introduce your baby to solid foods at about six months.

Your baby’s first solid foods

The three clear signs that show your baby is ready for solid foods - guidance from the NHS on weaning (also known as complementary feeding).

Weaning a baby born prematurely

BLISS provides a range of information about weaning and introducing solid food to babies born prematurely.

First Steps Nutrition

First Steps Nutrition provides information and resources to support eating well from preconception to five years old.


HENRY offers helpful advice on healthy eating right from the start so your children develop healthy eating habits.

Better Start Bradford

Better Start Bradford work with families to give children the best possible start in life in Bowling and Bakerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton through a range of innovative projects to support them through pregnancy and the earliest years of their children’s lives.

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