What happens in the first few years of a child’s life can shape their whole life.
Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complimentary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old. Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or first infant formula.
It can be confusing knowing when and how to start introducing solid foods to your baby. Read an NHS guide through the weaning journey.
Where to go for further information:
- Unicef and NHS Start for life have some excellent resources to assist you on your weaning journey. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think. By making some small changes you can make a big difference
- Change4Life - the way we live in modern society means a lot of us, especially our kids, have fallen into unhelpful habits. This means all of us need to make small changes to eat well, move more, and live longer. Change4Life can help you to make these changes
- Healthy Eating - The NHS Live Well website offers a range of information to find out how to lose weight, healthy recipes, food safety and information about eating disorders
- Healthy Start - Are you pregnant or a new parent and carer? Find out if you qualify for vouchers, which you can swap for milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and infant formula
If you need support in York, the Healthy Child Service can support families with introducing solid foods and healthy eating. The Healthy Child Service offer feeding clinics, home visits and telephone advice.
The Healthy Child Service offer the Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY) programme.
Everyone wants the best for their children but it can be hard to know what to do as a parent as they grow up. That’s where HENRY comes in.
The HENRY approach focuses on how you can create a supportive environment for your family, building trust and relationships. Helping you to make changes when you feel you are ready.
HENRY is for any family who is looking to make changes together, to make a happier and healthier lifestyle.
For more information telephone: 01904 555475 from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or email: [email protected] for a referral form.
Baby Self Weigh
Scales are available at the Children's Centres to weigh your baby. Advice and support is also available, telephone the Healthy Child Service on telephone: 01904 555475 from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday for further information.