What types of food can’t they have?
Things to avoid giving your baby at 6 months are:
- Adult ready meals
- Cakes, sweets and chocolate
How much does a 6-month-old eat?
Until your baby is around 9 months, they’ll be getting most of what they need from milk. When you introduce solid food you need to keep them on the same milk routine, no matter whether they are breastfeeding or formula feeding.
When you’re ready to give them food, try offering between 2-4 teaspoons of mushed food, or a couple of pieces of soft finger foods (like boiled broccoli). Remember, this stage is getting them used to trying foods – so try not to worry if they don’t eat or if they gag or spit food out at first.
When to feed your baby
Start offering food when it suits you. Remember to give yourself enough time, as your baby will take a while to get used to trying and playing with the foods.
As the days go on, this is a handy guide for when to give your baby meals:
- Continue to breastfeed or formula feed responsively, including night feeds, and start with a small amount of food – 2-3 spoonful’s once a day and gradually build up the quantity at each meal and number of meals.
- Aim to be offering 3 meals a day by 12 months.
- The baby should also be able to feed themselves and drink water from a cup.
- After 12 months they’ll need more calories in the form of 2-3 extra healthy snacks between meals, as they’ll be on the move more.
Top tips at 6 months
"Get used to gagging! It isn’t nice to see but try to keep calm when it happens"
"Make sure food batons are soft. When they’re boiling in the pot, stick a knife through and if they slide off the knife quickly then you know they’re ready"
"If you feed your baby with warm food, check the temperature by placing the spoon on your lip. If it feels hot or very warm, then it’ll be too hot for them"
"Enjoy the process! Babies can sense the fear! Prepare for lots of mess and lots of laughs"