Dating tips introducing your children

03 May

You'll be able to gradually increase the amount and variety of food your baby eats until they can eat small portions of the same food as the rest of the family.Babies get most of the nutrients they need from breast milk or first infant formula until they are around 6 months old.Your baby's diet should consist of a variety of: Your baby will now be eating 3 meals a day – chopped if necessary – plus breast or whole cows' milk, and healthier snacks such as fruit, vegetable sticks, toast and rice cakes. Choose full-fat dairy products – children under 2 need the extra fat and vitamins. For around the first 6 months, you should feed your baby only breast milk or first infant formula.

Keep feeding your baby breast milk or infant formula, but don't give them whole cows', goats' or sheep's milk as a drink until they are 1 year old. Other babies need a little longer to get used to new textures so may prefer smooth or blended foods on a spoon at first.

To help your baby get used to a range of tastes and textures, try to move on from purées to mashed foods as soon as they are able to have them.

Keep offering different foods, including foods your baby has rejected before.

Starting solid food won't make your baby any more likely to sleep through the night.

Extra milk feeds are usually enough until they're ready for solids. There's no evidence that waiting until your child is older will stop them developing a food allergy.