Q&A: Weaning
I want to know what is the right age to start give my 5month old baby girl solid food? I want to cook butternut, potato, etc for her, but i am not sure what she may or may not eat at this age. What time of the day can I give it to her and how much is sufficient? When can she eat yogurt? I gave her just a taste of my yogurt the other day and she loved it!

The World Health Organisation officially changed the guidelines in 2007, stating that solids should only be introduced at 6 months. The reason for this, an attempt to prevent foreign allergens being introduced into the baby’s still immature system and so triggering allergies or intolerances.

I personally like to start with cooked, pureed yellow vegetables. You can start the first week by using 2- 3 spoonfulls and increasing it every 3 days. Keep to the same vegetable for at least 3 days before introducing another.

I found the best time to start to be the mid-morning, about 1-2 hours after her morning bottle- or breastfeed. The second week you an give her a second meal at about 4 or 5 o’ clock, maybe then introducing fruits. Once you have introduced all the basic fruits and veg, you may start introducing a cereal feed.

We recommend the introduction of proteins (yogurt, white soft cheese, egg yolk and meat) about a month after the start of solids.

Remember that you have to give your baby a variety of tastes and textures. Please don’t use only store bought foods, but also introduce home-made foods.

This is a wonderfully, exciting stage in your baby’s developement! Have fun in the process.

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