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How much food at 6 to 12 months? - text version

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When they are showing signs they are ready, usually at around 6 months, you can start to introduce solid foods.

Their main source of food will still be breast milk or formula.

Start once a day with iron-rich baby cereal or pureed meat or tofu.

Texture is important. As your baby begins to take food from a spoon, move to thicker textures and soft lumps.

Allergy foods

You should start introducing common allergy foods from around 6 months. Try one type of food at a time, then wait a couple of days before trying another. Common allergy foods include cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, wheat and seafood.

Remember: don’t give your baby whole nuts as they are a choking hazard.

Daily needs - How much?

There is no exact amount to how much your baby should eat each day. Try different foods and let them guide you to when they are full.

By 8 to 9 months, you can give solids at breakfast, lunch and dinner. As your baby gets older, move to thicker textures and soft lumps.

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Last reviewed: March 2019

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