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Birth to 6 months
At this stage, babies are designed to feed from a liquid diet which is nutritionally specific to meet their early growth needs
If using infant formula, make sure that it is labelled as being suitable from birth
There is specialised infant formula available, speak to your Child Health Nurse or Paediatrician to discuss your baby's individual needs.
Food options for babies under 6 months of age:
6-8 Months of age:
Continue milk feeds prior to food and start offering milk/water to your baby in a cup, aiming to reduce milk feeds to 2 cups/day by 12 months of age.
At this stage, your baby is able to:
Your baby is also learning about:
Healthy food options for babies from 6-8 months of age:
If you are breastfeeding remember to feed your baby prior to meals so your baby is able to breastfeed for as long as possible
If you are bottle-feeding your baby, it is ideal to do so after meals so that your baby's tummy doesn't fill up on milk and is more likely to eat their food.
Foods richest in iron are best at this stage.
You can begin with a spoonful or two at each meal and gradually increase according to your baby's tolerance every few days.
You may mix foods at a meal or give single foods to start with - the choice is yours!
Babies are great at determining how much food they need.
Your baby may commence with 1-2 spoons of food per meal and graduate up to a bowl of food at each meal.
You will know that your baby has had enough to eat when they purse their lips shut and turn away or begin to play with their food rather than eating it.
Healthy food options for babies from 8-12 months of age:
Whatever it is that your family is eating!
All you need to do, is make sure that food is cut to the lengthways so that your baby can self feed and enjoy meals with you at the dinner table.
Meal Ideas for babies aged 8-12 months:
Snack Ideas for morning/afternoon tea:
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