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Starting solids and feeding your baby

Baby feedingBreast milk or a suitable infant formula milk is the only food your newborn needs. But as your baby gets older they will need to have solid foods to help them grow and develop.

You should start giving your baby solid foods (sometimes called weaning or complementary feeding) when they are around 6 months old. It is a gradual process but by the time they are 1-year-olds, most infants will be eating chopped, mashed family food.

For a short guide to starting your baby on solids, see the following video from Kidshealth. The video soundtrack is in English, but see Kidshealth for a description of the key messages from the video in several other languages.

For tips on how to reduce the risk of choking, see the following video from Kidshealth.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Nutrition and Dietetics, Christchurch Hospital. Last reviewed July 2016.

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