When you first introduce solids, your baby may only accept one or two teaspoons of food at each meal. This is very normal. Always let your baby decide how much food to eat.
Begin with one solid meal a day until your baby shows cues they’re ready for the next. In the early weeks of introducing solids, it takes around six weeks for a baby to graduate to half a cup of solids a day.
Your baby may have had enough if they:
- Turn their head or look away
- Push food out of their mouth
- Close their mouth when food is offered
- Shake their head (no)
- Slow their eating pace
All babies’ energy needs are different. On average a baby eats half to one cup of food at each main meal by the time they’re one year old.
Karitane Tip: Always allow infants to satisfy their appetite. Do not push your child to overeat, or force them to finish the bowl. Apply the rule ‘you provide the food, your child decides how much’ at mealtimes.
For more detailed information on appropriate solid foods, you can consult the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Infant Feeding Guidelines.