Key Messages For When Your Baby Is Starting Solids

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Key Messages For When Your Baby Is Starting Solids

Around 6 months, your baby starts to need the extra vitamins and minerals (especially iron and zinc) that are in solid foods. 

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Breast milk (or infant formula) gives your baby the nutrients they need up to around the age of 6 months.

Around 6 months, your baby starts to need the extra vitamins and minerals (especially iron and zinc) that are in solid foods.

Babies have usually grown and developed enough to start eating solid food by around 6 months.

Breast milk (or infant formula) is still very important for your baby. Offer breast milk (or formula) before solids until your baby is 8 to 9 months old. After that, you can start to offer solids before breast milk or formula.

Talk with your Well Child nurse about starting solids.

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This page last reviewed 12 October 2021.

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