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Starting an Adventure of Solid Food

Starting an Adventure of Solid Food


At 6 months old, your growing child will begin to need more to meet their nutritional needs.

At 6 months old, your growing child will begin to need more to meet their nutritional needs. However, the digestive system is still not ready for solid food. This marks the beginning of the transition often referred to as complementary feeding which helps them transition to their first solid foods. Some of the signs that your child is ready include the ability to sit upright and swallow food. Your child may also show interest in your food by reaching out for it. By this time, your child would have lost the reflex which causes the tongue to stick out.

During this time, feeding should be adequate and timely. They should start receiving baby food with the appropriate texture in addition to breast milk. It is also good to introduce the appropriate foods one at a time. Start from very milky and smooth baby cereal and then move on towards different kinds of tastes and textures as they grow older. It is also important to take note of any possible intolerances and food allergies. Iron is a key nutrient that’s important in your child’s first solid food. It is important for optimum growth and development. Without it, your child may be at risk of iron deficiency anaemia.

To help ensure that big nutrition is absorbed by your child’s small tummies, you can try CERELAC® Infant Cereals for 6 months which is specially formulated using CHE (Cereals Hydrolysed Enzymatically) technology. This helps to ensure that carbohydrates such as rice or wheat are broken down to smaller components for ease of digestion. It is developed with BIFIDUS BL probiotics which helps improve beneficial intestinal microflora in your child’s digestive system and may reduce the incidence of diarrhoea. CERELAC® Infant Cereals also contain at least 50% of your child’s daily required iron requirement*.1,2,3

When in doubt, it’s always good to discuss when and what to start feeding your child with your health care professional. We wish you an exciting journey of discovery as your child explores a new world of taste!

Looking for more tips on your child’s nutrition? You can visit our Recipe Section to help you prepare a variety of meals appropriate for your child at each stage of their development.

*RNI recommends at least 9mg / day for 6 – 11 months child. 50g of NESTLÉ® CERELAC® contains 5mg of iron


  • FAO/WHO RNIs 12-36 months
  • FAO/WHO Vitamin and Mineral Requirements in Human Nutrition-Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation Second edition. WHO/FAO. 2004
  • Guidelines on Formulated Supplementary Foods for Older Infants and Young Children (CAC/GL08-1991) [update in process in 2013], in the absence of references values I the related standard for processed cereal-based foods for infants and children.

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