Weaning is an exciting time for you and your baby. At six months, you can finally start introducing them to the world of solid foods. You’ll still need to give them breastmilk or formula breast milk and feed your baby responsively until they are at least a year old. After that you can give them normal full fat milk. You may continue to breastfeed your baby for as long as you wish.
What can my baby eat?
The table below shows foods which are unsuitable for babies under 6 months, and tells you when they may be introduced. It’s important you don’t introduce any of these foods before 6 months, in case your baby has an allergic reaction.
After 6 months you may gradually introduce these foods, one at a time, checking for any reaction. If you think your child is having an allergic reaction, you should seek urgent medical attention.
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include one or more of the following: coughing; dry, itchy throat and tongue; itchy skin or rash; diarrhoea and/or vomiting; wheezing and shortness of breath; swelling of the lips and throat; runny or blocked nose; sore, red and itchy eyes.
Cows’ milk is not a suitable drink for babies under one year old. Full fat cows’ milk can be added in small amounts to weaning foods from six months. Cows’ milk does not give all the nutrients that children aged under one require. It’s also low in iron and high in sodium, and lacks the essential energy levels that babies under one need.
Click on an item below to find out details on when they can be introduced:
Ask your health visitor about vitamins for you and your baby. It is recommended that babies and young children have vitamin drops (A, C and D). If you qualify for Healthy Start (external website), you can receive these vitamin drops free of charge.