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Introducing solids

Introducing your baby to solid foods should start when your baby is around 6 months old. The latest research shows that babies can get all the nutrients they need from breast milk (or infant formula) until they are around 6 months old. This gives a baby’s digestive system time to develop so that they can cope fully with solid foods.

Here’s a guide from first steps to nutrition on how this works, with additional resources linked at the end:

introducing solids first steps to nutrition

Eating well - the first year

Additional information and links

UNICEF's guide to introducing solid foods

Start4Life, Baby's First Foods 

Resources from First Steps to Nutrition  

For information on how to book a place on an introducing solids educational session near you, see our breastfeeding support page

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