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.
Bliss website provides helpful information for babies born premature or sick https://www.bliss.org.uk/parents/about-your-baby/feeding/weaning-your-premature-baby
HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) video about eating healthily right from the start: https://www.henry.org.uk/videos/healthyeating
HENRY healthy recipes https://www.henry.org.uk/recipes
NHS first foods recipe and meal ideas https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/recipes-and-meal-ideas/
Eatwell Guide link https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/742750/Eatwell_Guide_booklet_2018v4.pdf
Factsheet on allergies and introducing solids https://www.allergyuk.org/assets/000/002/342/Weaning_%E2%80%93_Introducing_your_baby_to_solids_original.pdf?1547805087
Start 4 Life website for help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood https://www.nhs.uk/start4life
Dairy UK website for information on introducing solids https://www.milk.co.uk/infants-and-pre-school-children/
UK Government activity guideline infographics https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-infographics
HENRY's active play ideas https://www.henry.org.uk/activities
Sleep Scotland for information on supporting children to improve their sleep https://www.sleepscotland.org/support/gateway-to-good-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]: