Introducing Solid Foods

As part of a wider support package for Health Visitors, parents and carers, we have gathered up to date best evidence to develop a guide on introducing solid foods. The content has been collated in collaboration with Health and Social Care colleagues including the Health Visiting Team, Paediatric Dietitian, the Dental Service and Paediatricians.

The guide provides information and advice regarding starting a healthy relationship with food for babies.

Find the guide under the resources tab on the Building Healthy Relationships with Food initiative page.


If you are unable to access the resources via the document please find below all links.

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Bliss website provides helpful information for babies born premature or sick

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HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) video about eating healthily right from the start:

HENRY healthy recipes

NHS first foods recipe and meal ideas

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Eatwell Guide link

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Factsheet on allergies and introducing solids

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Start 4 Life website for help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood

Dairy UK website for information on introducing solids

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UK Government activity guideline infographics

HENRY's active play ideas

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Sleep Scotland for information on supporting children to improve their sleep

As provided on page 21, the list of our resources:

Guides and resources page Building Healthy Relationships with Food

Blog on Positive Tasting Experiences which includes our 4 step guide and food refusal tips 

Blog on Fussy Eating Tips

Fun with Food sessions for parents/carers and their young children to try new foods, tastes and textures

One-to-one support for children and their families

Lunchbox Lowdown which includes 50 ideas for children's lunchboxes and advice on portion sizes


European Food Safety Authority, 2019, Appropriate age range for introduction of complementary feeding into an infant's diet, Available at [online]:

Fisher HR, Du Toit G, Bahnson HT, Lack G., 2018, The challenges of preventing food allergy: Lessons learned from LEAP and EAT. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 121(3):313-319. Available at [online]: