Wait for around six months before starting solid food.
Babies who are given solid food too soon are more likely to be overweight.
Babies who are given solid food too soon are more likely to be overweight. In the first six months, babies get all the nutrients they need from breast milk or infant formula.
Wait until your baby is around six months old before giving them solid foods. Until then, their digestive system isn’t fully developed. Introducing foods other than milk too soon can upset their tummies and may increase the risk of conditions like asthma or eczema.
How do I know when my baby is ready?
Every baby is different but there are three signs which show your baby is ready for their first solid foods.
At around six months, look for signs your baby's ready.
Yes to all three - your baby is ready to try solid foods alongside milk. No to one or more - your baby isn't ready yet.
Some people think these are signs that your baby is ready for solid foods. They aren’t. If you think your baby is ready before six months, speak to your health visitor.