Milk – your little one still needs breast milk or at least 500-600ml of follow-on milk a day. If you’re breastfeeding after 6 months and/or your little one is drinking less than 500ml of follow-on formula, they’ll need baby vitamin drops. Ask your health visitor for more information.
Protein – at this age your little one needs up to 2 tablespoons of protein at each main meal. Offer servings of soft-cooked (e.g. stewed or braised) meat, fish, hard-boiled egg, tofu or pulses i.e. beans or lentils.
Iron - baby’s natural iron store begins to drop by 6 months, therefore it’s best to start feeding them iron-enriched food. Chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or pork or veggie sources like legumes or eggs are all excellent options.
Starchy foods – aim for 2 tablespoons of foods such as potatoes, pasta and rice with every meal.
Veg and fruit– include 1-2 tablespoons of veg with every meal, which can be followed by some fruit. Try to include the ones with lots of Vitamin C like butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, red peppers and tomatoes. Citrus fruit, soft fruit such as mango, melon, peaches and berries such as blueberries can be served with breakfast or following a meal. Vitamin C helps your baby absorb iron from non-animal sources.
Water – encourage your baby to drink cooled boiled water from a cup at mealtimes.