Introducing Solid Foods FAQs

Q. How much food should my baby have?

Your baby will be able to self-regulate their appetite and will eat until they are full. All babies are different and on different days may eat more or less. It is okay for a baby or toddler not to finish their meal. As long your baby is content and putting on weight there is no need to be concerned. When your baby is full they may push food away or turn their head.

Q. Now I have introduced solid food, how much milk will my baby need?

Only reduce your child’s milk intake once they are having an established and varied diet. This should be a gradual reduction and milk intake will decrease once food intake increases.

Q. When can my baby have cow’s milk?

Babies can have full fat cow’s milk as a drink from 1 year onward. You can introduce semi-skimmed milk from 2 years old onward if your child is having a good range of foods. You can add cow’s milk to cooking and cereal from 6 months old.

Q. Does my baby need follow on milk?

Your baby only needs stage 1/first formula and at 1 year your baby can go on to cow’s milk.

Q. I am worried my baby will choke!

It is normal for babies to gag when first trying solid food and this is a normal reaction. When babies gag they will push the food forwards and spit it out.

Q. What is baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning is a method of introducing solid food which allows the baby to take the lead themselves. Joining meal times with family and joining in when ready. Babies explore food and pick it up when their hands. Food is offered in pieces, in a size and shape that baby can handle rather than puree and mashed foods. Babies are also not fed from a spoon and it is up to babies how much they eat.

Q. My baby is premature, will this effect when they can start solid food?

Look for the same signs as a term baby. Introducing solid foods usually starts around 6 months.

Q. Can my baby have water?

Your baby can have tap water from 6 months in a free flow beaker which encourages your baby to sip and swallow.

Q. Does my baby need vitamins?

It’s recommended that children aged one to four years should have a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement all year round.

As a precaution, all babies under one year should have a daily 8.5-10mcg vitamin D supplement to make sure they get enough.

However, babies who have more than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day don’t need a vitamin D supplement as formula is already fortified.

If you are unsure if your baby needs additional vitamin D ask your health visitor for advice.