Menu planner 1

baby’s first foods

Give your baby breastmilk or infant formula, and also offer water, throughout the day as required. The menu planner is intended as a guide. Every baby is an individual and they develop at different rates. Once your baby has accepted the first simple foods, a greater variety of tastes and textures should be introduced until they can eventually eat the same as the rest of the family, but in smaller portions and with no added sugar or salt.

Other foods to try: soft cooked meat, pasta shapes, lentils, pieces of chapatti, mashed hard boiled eggs, and whole milk dairy products like yogurt. *Mixed with breastmilk or infant formula before 6 months. From 6 months whole cow’s milk may be added to cereal and used in small amounts in cooking, but it is not suitable as a drink until one year.

Morning
First try

Breastmilk or infant formula

Next try

Breastmilk or infant formula

Baby cereal*

Move on to

Breastmilk or infant formula

Baby cereal*

Keep increasing frequency and textures

Breastmilk or infant formula

Mashed banana and toast fingers

Mid-morning

Breastmilk or infant formula

Lunch
First try 

Baby cereal*

Breastmilk or infant formula

Next try

Fruit or vegetable purée or mash (e.g. apple, pear, potato, yam)

Breastmilk or infant formula

Move on to 

Soft cooked vegetable mashed or as finger food (e.g. carrots, parsnip)

Breastmilk or infant formula

Keep increasing frequency and textures

Mashed fish (well-cooked, with no bones)

Soft cooked sticks of sweet potato

Soft, peeled fruit mashed or as finger food with fromage frais

Breastmilk or infant formula

Mid-afternoon

Breastmilk or infant formula

Evening
First try

Breastmilk or infant formula

Quantity

3 portions of dairy a day: 100-120ml (small glass) milk, 125g (small pot) of yogurt, or 2-3 tablespoons (15g) of grated hard cheese

Key nutrients 

Soft, peeled fruit mashed or as finger food (e.g. banana, mango, melon)

Breastmilk or infant formula

Keep increasing frequency and textures

Soft, cooked pieces of chicken

Soft cooked vegetable mashed or as finger food

Rice

Breastmilk or infant formula