This is a practical guide that me and my friend, Sandi, put together when we had our first children. The guide has been shared over and over again via the online mommy forums that we both were active participants on. I had to ask Sandi to send me a copy when Thing 2 was born and I thought it would be a good idea to capture it here for posterity.
Week 1 and 2 : After feeding the dinner milk bottle, mix 2 tsp rice cereal with EBM or formula. Hold the spoon to baba’s mouth and let them “mouth” it off! Continue adding 1 additional tsp of rice cereal every 2 days until you are feeding 8 – 10 tsp at the end of week 2.
Week 3 and 4 : Repeat the same process, but after the morning breakfast bottle.
(the benefit of this is that if you are starting your baby young, like at 4 months they are in fact only “starting solids” a month after you start.
Week 5 and 6 :Move the evening rice cereal to lunch time. Replace with pureed vegetables – Yellow first (Butternut, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Gem Squash), then White (Marrows, Cauliflower, Potato, etc) and Green (Peas, Beans, Brocolli, Spinach). Only introduce a new veg after trying the first veg for a full 3 days.
Week 7 : Substitute the lunch-time cereal with fruit. Start with pureed Banana, Apple, Pears, Avocado, Peaches, etc. Repeat the 3 day rule as above with veg. Make sure you don’t introduce a new veg and a new fruit at the same time (because if they have an allergy then you won’t be able to tell what caused it).
Wheat based product – can be used anytime after the month of rice cereal, but not in conjunction with any other new fruit or veg
Yoghurt – at 7 months
Meat – I only did at 9 months and fish only after a year
Eggs – Yolk at 9 months, whites not before 1 year
Dairy – start using it in your cooking from around 10 months
Honey – only after 1 year