When should I introduce solids?

Introducing solid foods into a child’s diet can begin around the age of six months, but not before four months. It’s a good idea to introduce one food at a time to see how the child reacts and if there are potential food allergies. As a general rule, waiting three to five days between each new food is a good idea.

It is easier to start with pureed or mashed foods to give the child time to adjust to new textures, before introducing more solid foods. It’s also important to think about the key nutrients required in a child’s diet (such as iron and zinc).

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