When you are a first time parent one of the questions that will run through your mind is what should I be feeding my baby, when should they start solids and what nutritional foods should I be giving them.
Note: This is general advice only, and while it is based off facts and information given by health care professionals, you should speak with your own health care professional about your child’s individual needs.
This is the natural way feed your baby during the first year. Some often refer to this process as the baby led approach.
|Food||Only breast milk. This is based on the World Health Organization feeding recommendations. This is based on demand feeding. Meaning that you will feed your baby whenever they are hungry (not to a routine).|
6 – 12 months
|Food||If your baby is showing signs of readiness (able to sit unsupported, has a firm interest in food, and no longer has a tongue thrust reflex) You can start introducing solid food to your baby at this age with finger foods. Their main meals will still consist of breast milk, which is still their main source of nutrition. At each meal time offer finger sized portions of food to your baby. They will most likely make a complete mess of it, but this is a learning experience. There is no meal size just serve what ever amount they wish to eat.
Basically anything in it’s natural form in pieces that can be held and not choked on.
Take note of that some foods may trigger allergies at an early age or should be avoided altogether for other reasons. This is not an exhaustive or complete list.
|Water||50ml per day. This is not required in colder climates, but warmer climates it is a good idea to ensure they are hydrated. If you are in a colder climate but they are in a heated environment they may also require additional fluids from either water or breast milk.|
This is just a guide and there may be reasons to do otherwise.
I’ve actually created my own guide to baby led weaning to bust some myths, and provide a no-nonsense guide to introducing solids. You can check it out here: www.babybookofweaning.com