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How much and how often?

Starting points: Essentials Module 3: Food includes an overview and a section on how much and how often, and there are also videos on the website covering how often to give solids and why you can let your baby eat as much as they want. In the food and drink section further down on this page are common questions relating to specific foods, such as milk, meat etc. Read on for some more questions about how much and how often.

Getting started with first foods

Starting points: Essentials Module 2: Skills and Equipment includes a section on when to start, what equipment you will need, how to practice and what to do just before you feed your child solids for the first time. Essentials Module 3: Food gives an overview of what to feed your baby and the key things to think about in the first year. There is also a guide to first foods in the food section of the website. Read on for some more specific questions that might come up when you are just getting started.

Food and drinks

Starting points: Essentials Module 3: Food gives an overview of what to feed your baby and the key things to think about in the first year. There is also an entire section of the website dedicated to food, including information for first¬†foods, around¬†6¬†months, 7-8¬†months, 9-10¬†months, and 11‚ÄĎ12¬†months. There is also the famous finger food gallery, a recipes section and info on how to prepare baby foods, plus plenty of posts on specific foods and drinks, including the allergy series, the how to choose series, and others. Read on for the more specific questions that come up about foods and drinks.

Health

Starting points: Essentials Module 3: Food Allergies gives an overview of how to manage concerns about allergic reactions and skin reactions. There are also guest presentations by health professionals including one on eczema, one on ear infections, one on dehydration and one on growth.

Textures

Starting points: Essentials Module 3: Food gives an overview of textures, and Essentials Module 4: things that scare me has more info about choking and gagging. There is info in the food section on how to prepare baby foods, including the texture of first¬†foods, foods at around¬†6¬†months, 7‚ÄĎ8¬†months, 9‚ÄĎ10¬†months, and 11‚ÄĎ12¬†months. There are also posts about finger food textures, puree textures and how to progress with textures as your baby's biting and chewing skills develop. Read on for the more specific questions that come up about texture.

Choking and Gagging

Starting point: Essentials Module 4: things that scare me has info about choking and gagging.

Equipment

Starting points: Essentials Module 2: Skills and equipment gives an overview of the equipment you need, what to look for, and Dr Kyla's favourites. There are also detailed posts about posture, spoons, and smocks. Read on for more specific questions about equipment.

You might also find some equipment-related questions in the eating behaviours section below, around when your child starts refusing or throwing the spoon, cup, chair, bowl etc.

Eating Behaviours

Starting points: Essentials Module 1: Philosophy provides the foundation for Dr Kyla's approach to eating behaviours and may be a useful starting point. Read on for more specific behaviour questions.

(There is a lot more about eating behaviours in Toddler Mealtimes, aimed at children 12 months and older)

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