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Overview of ages & growth clues for adding new foods

OVERVIEW OF AGES & GROWTH CLUES FOR ADDING NEW FOODS

Age

Growth signs Foods to introduce Quantities
 

Birth to 6 Months

 

Make sure baby can:

suck and swallow liquid

push tongue out

 

 

Breastfeeding or infant formula only

 

Recommended feeding for weight/age of baby

 

6 to 7 months

 

 

Make sure baby can:

 

sit with support

hold head steady

take small spoon of food with mouth and swallow it easily

 

STILL MAINLY FORMULA

Pureed Food (very smooth)

 

strained, pureed cooked vegetables

strained and pureed soft fruits

cereal – eg baby rice, maize, sago

 

No wheat-based food

No couscous

These contain Gluten

 

Introduce very small portion (teaspoon)  – once a day – early in day initially and then if not upset – later in the day before evening sleep.

 

Ensure any  cereal is very smooth & wet

 

Continue with breastfeeding or bottle feeding according to instructions/weight recommended

 

 

 

7 to 8 months

 

 

Make sure baby can:

 

grab and hold onto things

begin to chew

 

STILL MAINLY FORMULA

 

Well Sieved food

full fat milk products eg yoghurt

well sieved pulses eg lentils, hummus(chickpea)

strained and pureed cooked chicken or boned fish

 

Start to gradually increase the amount of solid food

 

Move gradually from 1 feed a day to 2 and then 3 small meals a day

 

 

 

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