Our ready-to-eat jars or pouches of first baby food have a smooth texture and made from simple ingredients including fruit and vegetable purees, and various cereals. This range is designed for easy swallowing and digestion, it will encourage your baby to experience different food flavours and textures, and give important nutrition support to your baby.
As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs – and can handle. Infants have the physical skills to swallow solid foods safely, and their digestive system simply is ready for solids when they're about 4 months old.
Solid food feeding tips
- Blend vegetables with fruits: Some parents may tell you to start with vegetables instead of fruits so your infant won't develop a taste for sweets. But babies are born with a preference for sweets, so you don't have to worry about introducing sweet fruits in any particular order. Blending fruits with vegetables will also encourage babies to eat more vegetables.
- Feed cereal with a spoon only. Unless your baby's doctor asks you to, don't add cereal to his bottle – he could choke or end up gaining too much weight.
- Encourage adventurous eating. Don't leave any food off his menu simply because you don't like it.
- Give new foods time. If your baby turns away from a particular food, don't push. Try again in a week or so. He may never like sweet potatoes, or he may change his mind and end up loving them.
- Watch for constipation. A baby's stool sometimes changes when his diet does. Although it's usually temporary, your baby may have constipation after introducing solids. If you notice that your baby is having less frequent bowel movements, or that his stools have become hard or dry and seem difficult to pass, let his doctor know. Some doctors recommend adding a mix of vegetable purees or high-fibre fruits such as pears, prunes, and peaches to a baby's diet, or giving him a few ML of prune, carrot, apple, or pear juice each day until his bowel movements are back to normal.