organic food - 6 to 12 months
Around 4-6 months, your baby may be ready to start on solids. Consult your
Paediatric nurse (or in NZ
Plunket Nurse) for advice. Babies commonly start on baby rice, pureed fruit
After 6 months, when baby is interested in finger foods, you
can try rusks and dry toast.
White bread is better for your babies digestive system until
around 15 months.
Most NZ supermarkets stock white sliced organic
bread. Organic rusks can be found at specialised
It is especially important to introduce children to a wide variety of fruit
and vegetables from an early age. This will establish healthy eating habits for
life and provide them with a good supply of vitamins and minerals for growth.
Whether your baby is on a meat or vegetarian diet, you need to
ensure that they are eating enough foods that are rich in iron.
For a vegetarian baby, cooked dried apricots, cereals, beans
and lentils are rich sources of iron.
meal and snack ideas:
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Young children have small tummies so they need to eat small
Be prepared - have plenty of fruit and snacks on hand.
At around 8-9 months, your baby may be interested in a more extended range
of food and textures - especially if they have teeth for chewing and biting.
As well as a more extended range of fruit and vegetables, new
foods that can be introduced now include yoghurt, custard and cheese (unless
dairy allergies run in the family).
You can buy organic yoghurt (including soy yoghurt) and cheese
in most supermarkets, as well as organic milk and eggs to make your own custard.
Egg yolks should not be eaten until after 12 months.
Recommendations about when you should start baby on soy seem to
vary - check with your Paediatric nurse (or in NZ
Plunket Nurse) or Doctor.
You also need to be aware that certain foods should be avoided
until after 12 months or if allergies run in the family.
If there is a dairy or wheat allergy in the family, it is a
good idea to avoid dairy and possibly wheat products until 12
months. You can substitute wheat-based bread for spelt (or
dinkel) flour breads.
1. Ministry of Health, Eating for Healthy Babies & Toddlers. Revised
Nourish have a series of articles including
Food Intolerance - Tracking down food intolerance in children.