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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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3. Ankle biters

If your baby appears to be actively enjoying solids it’s time to introduce more variety and, ultimately, more texture to his diet.

Your baby is over six months, you’ve started him on solids and he seems to be relishing his tiny portions of mashed banana, carrot puree and baby rice. Here’s what you can try next.

Feeds will still be mainly breast or formula milk, but when you’re both ready, you can start to gradually increase the variety and amount of solid food you give, either before, during, or after his milk feed.

You will need to be really, really patient, however, and go at your baby’s pace. Never rush or force feed him. Instead, respond to his appetite, giving a little more food as and when he wants it. At the same time, ...

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