Babies are on a wonderful journey of food discovery. They are exploring different flavours and different textures. It is a time when both parents and children are on a steep learning curve and relevant support and information is important.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines are a good place to start for general information on children’s nutrition as well as more specific information on feeding infants. These can be found through the National Health and Medical Research Council at www.eatforhealth.gov.au. Look under “Brochures, posters and more”. More specific advice on allergies and solids can be found through ASCIA at www.allergy.org.au.
These websites offer alternative opinions on the best age to introduce solids. The National Health and Medical Research Council website summarises the Australian Dietary Guidelines and recommends solids from around 6 months while ASCIA has an allergy focus and recommends solids from 4 to 6 months of age (look under FAQs).
Ideally mealtimes should be when your baby is not feeling tired and there are no major distractions.
Sometimes a baby accepts solids well initially before seeming quite fussy. Some food refusal and fussy eating is normal. Just try again at another time. If you are concerned that your baby is not getting enough or is not accepting a variety of foods, we’d be very happy to assess your child’s nutrition and provide some advice and new ideas to set you on the road to mealtime harmony!