Most babies are ready to start solids at around six months, and the Department of Health recommends waiting until then to reduce the risk of developing food allergies. Look out for your baby showing an interest in what you’re eating, still seeming hungry after a feed, or waking at night after having previously slept through.
If space is tight, look for a highchair that folds away neatly when not in use, or consider a booster seat that attaches to a chair or table. Many highchairs are adjustable, with removable trays, reclining seats and multiple height settings so they’ll grow with your child.
You’ll need plastic plates, cups and spoons (it’s best not to use metal until your baby is a year old). Bibs are essential for protecting your baby’s clothes.
If you’re planning to make your own food, preparing in bulk and freezing is the most economical way. Think about investing in a blender to quickly whizz up fruit and vegetable purees, and divide them into portions in small containers before freezing.
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