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Reasons to start complementary feeding

Introducing your baby to solid foods – sometimes called weaning or complementary feeding – should start when your baby is around six months old. It's a really important step in their development, and it can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommended that solids are introduced at around six months. This is necessary to meet a child's nutritional and developmental needs. A wide variety of food - with an appropriate range of texture and consistency - should be introduced so that, by 12 months, the child is consuming a range of their family's food.

Two key reasons to start complementary feeding:

Breastfeeding alone is insufficient to meet the increased nutritional requirements in the rapidly developing child
It is important that a child is introduced to solid food with new tastes and textures to develop healthy eating habits