Weaning food chart

Age Can have Can’t have Approx quantities**
4 to 6 months *
  • Baby Rice
  • Basic fruit and veg purees (excl those listed opposite)
  • Lentils
  • Gluten (wheat, rye and barley based foods eg bread, flour, pasta and oats)
  • Nuts and sesame seeds
  • Soya
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Cows, goats and sheep milk
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Citrus fruits
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • Cheese
  • Meat and chicken
  • Salt
Approx 2 teaspoons per meal – start with one meal a day increasing to 3 slowly over time

800-1000ml Breast or Formula milk

6 to 7 months As above plus:

  • All fruits and veg (mashed)
  • Oats and other gluten foods (not too much fibre and wheat)
  • Chicken (pureed)
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and sesame seeds
  • Honey
  • Cows, goats and sheep milk
  • Shark, swordfish or marlin (due to high mercury levels
  • Mould ripened soft cheeses
  • Salt
Approx 4 to 6 teaspoons per meal

500-600 ml Breast or formula milk

7 to 9 months As above plus:

  • Hard boiled egg yolk (avoid the whites for another month)
  • Soya
  • Red meat
  • Fish
  • Nut butters (unless history of nut allergy) and sesame products
  • Cows milk for cooking
  • Shellfish
  • Honey
  • Goats and sheep milk
  • Shark, swordfish or marlin (due to high mercury levels
  • Mould ripened soft cheeses
  • Salt
  • Whole nuts
Approx 8 – 12 teaspoons per meal

500-600 ml Breast or formula milk

9 to 12 months As above plus:

  • Whole eggs
As above 12 teaspoons plus per meal plus snacks (mid morning and mid afternoon)

500 ml breast or formula milk

12 months plus All of above plus:

  • Honey
  • Cows milk to drink
  • Goats and sheep milk
  • Limited shellfish, shark, swordfish and marlin
  • Limited mould ripened cheese
  • Limited salt
  • Whole nuts (choking hazard)
Approx 250g per meal plus 2 x healthy snack times

300-400 ml milk (full fat cows milk)

* It is advised that you wait until your child is six months old before you introduce solids. You need to assess carefully whether your child genuinely needs solids earlier than 6 months. If you’re unsure , speak to your health visitor. Before 6 months food should be pureed. After 6 months it can be mashed (fork or masher)

** This is strictly a guide – let your baby’s appetite determine how much you feed him at each meal.

Note: babies can digest yellow/orange vegetables more easily than green vegetables initially.

Note: while cow’s milk is suitable for cooking, it shouldn’t replace breast or formula milk as a drink until your child is 12 months old as it lacks the iron required.

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