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Things to remember when weaning your baby

There are many choices to make about weaning your baby, and during this time there are some important things to remember:

Things you can do

Varied food for a baby

Give your baby a variety of flavours, textures and tastes as soon as you can. This helps your baby get used to different types of food and can help you make sure their diet is balanced.

Try to use as many home cooked meals as possible. This is the easiest way of keeping track of the nutrients in the food. It also helps to include the baby's mealtimes in the family routine.

Avocado, brocolli, tomaro and mushrooms

Talk to your health professional if you would like to give your baby a vegetarian or vegan diet. It's important their diet remains balanced and includes all nutrients they need to grow and develop. See our section called What food can my baby have? for more information.

Unhappy baby

Talk to your health professional if your baby becomes constipated. It can be a common problem.

Things to avoid

Baby refusing food

Force feeding your baby. See our section called What if my baby refuses food? for more information if your baby is struggling to eat.

Cereal and milk bottle

Adding solids to your baby’s bottle. It takes time for babies to learn how to control both liquids and solids in their mouths safely.


Adding salt to food or the water food is cooked in. There is enough salt naturally present in food for babies.


Adding honey to food before one year of age. There is a small risk of a stomach infection.


Adding sugar to food. There is enough sugar naturally present in food for babies.

Whole nuts and grapes

Giving your baby whole nuts, grapes or anything else they could choke on.

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