Confused about starting solids with your baby? I know I was! Should baby start solids at 4 months or 6 months? Did she need special baby food? How much food did she need? Today I am sharing the 6 most important facts you need to know when your baby is starting solids.


1. Solids should be started once the baby completes 6 months of age.

The World Health Organisation recommends that all babies get exclusive breastmilk till they are 6 months complete. No solids, semi solids or liquids (water, juice, daal pani, rice ka pani) should be given to a baby under 6 months old.



2.Your baby should be seated upright, in a high chair, booster seat or in your lap when eating.



Do not put your baby in a pram, bouncer, rocker, swing, or flat on their back when offering solids. That puts them at very high risk for choking, because they cannot lean forward and spit out food from their mouth. Try eating when you are reclined back? Not easy, right? positions











3. Focus on iron rich foods when babies start solids.

One of the main reasons why solids are started at 6 months is to get an additional source of iron in baby’s diet. Thick daal (lentils), khichadi made with equal quantity of rice and daal (lentils), squashed cooked beans like kidney beans (rajma), baked beans, fermented daals like in dosa or idli and meat are all good foods to start with.
Vitamin C helps in absorption of iron from food, therefore add a good amount of lime juice to the food just before serving it.

Liquidy food like daal pani, juices, soups, watered down purees offer very little nutrition and should not be given to any baby just starting solids.



4. Letting your baby play with their food, from day one of starting solids and get messy is very important.




Yes! Babies learn a lot about taste, texture, flavour, and the motor skills needed to self-feed and eat (Picking up food, bringing it to the mouth, moving it around in the mouth with their tongues, chewing and swallowing) by playing with their food. The food that is smeared all over their face and  hands, and which the baby licks, squashes and smears on their tray and even spits out teaches them that food is safe to explore and eat.

Clean your baby only once, at the end of the meal.





5. Let your baby decide how much to eat.

Your baby has an internal hunger regulation mechanism. All healthy babies know how many calories they need to eat and they will eat that much. Do not try to force, distract (with media, songs, rhymes, stories, showing birds or animals, using aeroplane spoons), bribe, coax or threaten a baby or child to eat more than what they want. Our goal with starting solids is to get the exposure to solids foods started. It is not to “make” a baby eat any particular amount. Forcing a baby to eat more than what they want can lead to serious eating problems later.



6. Do not substitute any milk feeds with solids till your baby is 12 months old.


Till one year old, milk should remain the primary part of your baby’s diet. Any solids that they eat should come over and above their milk feeds. Breastfeed/formula feed  on demand and continue to do so, till your baby is 12 months old.
So there you areTo know more do’s and don’ts while starting solids, email us at to purchase our webinar on starting solids. The following topics are included in the webinar:

  1. What are the signs of readiness for solids
  2. What is baby led weaning
  3. What is traditional weaning
  4. How to progress texture of foods in traditional weaning so that baby is self-feeding normal family food by 8 to 9 months old
  5. Why giving a baby purees for too long can lead to fussy eating
  6. Why you should let your baby play and make a mess while eating
  7. How much water to give your baby
  8. What is the difference between gagging and chokingconi
  9. What to do if your baby is choking
  10. How much quantity of food to give your baby





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  • Neha verma
    February 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

    What are the charges for this webinar?

  • Mansee
    May 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    What are the charges of this webinar

    • Swara Vyas
      May 20, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Hi Mansee, our starting solids webinar is for Rs 750


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