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Mealtimes with my baby

Created by BabyCenter

Your baby needs to eat solid foods when he is 6 months old. But he also still needs breastmilk.

As he grows older, he will need more food and a greater variety of food. But babies can be fussy eaters, and they can lose interest in food easily.

Here are some tips to make sure your baby eats well:

  • Feed him lots of tasty foods. Take your time. Sit and talk to him while he eats. Eating is a new skill for him, and he is learning.
  • If your baby refuses to eat, be patient. Do not force him. Do not give him sugar, chips, namkeen or other unhealthy foods. They have no goodness, and are bad for your baby.
  • Give him lots of colours, tastes and textures. As babies grow, their tastes change often. What your baby may hate now, he may love in a few weeks!
  • Make mealtimes fun. Make sure he is comfortable and that mealtimes are enjoyable for you both.
  • Make eye contact, smile and talk to him. Let his meals be a social time. It will help him to eat, and it will also help him learn social skills and new words.
  • If your baby is easily distracted while eating, take him to a quiet place and gently encourage him to eat.
10 February 2015