What happens to babies before they are born and in their early years can affect their health and life opportunities later on. For example, excessive weight gain during pregnancy can increase a baby's birth weight and as birth weight increases, so does the risk of childhood obesity. Those who grow up in a caring and safe environment and have a healthy relationship with their parents/carers are more likely to do better at school and as they go through life.
The Department of Health recommends babies are not started on solid food until they are around six months old. Research shows babies can get all the nutrients they need from breast milk or infant formula until six months old. Waiting till then gives their digestive system time to develop fully so it can cope with solid foods. We offer Starting Solids workshops-to book a place contact the Health Visiting Team on 020 8661 3094.
Babies should be encouraged to be active throughout the day, every day. Before your baby begins to crawl, encourage them to be physically active by reaching and grasping, pulling and pushing, moving their head, body and limbs during daily routines, and during supervised floor play, including tummy time. Once babies can move around, encourage them to be as active as possible in a safe, supervised and nurturing play environment.
Please see this booklet for more information Introducing Solid Foods