For the first 6 months, your baby should only have breast milk and they should be deciding when and how much to drink You should not be giving them anything else to eat or drink, including water. However, it is important to give your baby a Vitamin D supplement of 400 IU every day during this time if they are breast fed or drinking any breast milk in combination with formula.
Around 6 months, it’s time to introduce solid foods. It’s also a great time to start having meals as a family. In this section we give you tips on foods to try and even how to make your own baby food. But one of your most important jobs during meal times is to make them fun and create healthy eating habits and attitudes.
- You decide what food is offered and at what time.
- Your baby decides which of the offered foods to eat and how much.
- Forcing your baby to eat is never a good idea. You’ll only create future problems.
- Make meal times fun and encourage healthy food choices.
- Be a good role model. Your choices influence your baby’s eating habits and attitude.
By the time your baby is 1 year old, he or she should be learning to use a cup to drink. Baby bottles should not be used for anything other than water and shouldn’t be used at all after 18 months. Saying goodbye to the baby bottle can be hard, but you can make it easier. For information on helping your 1 to 3 year old stop using a bottle in English, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
If you are looking for additional support or information around feeding and/or nutrition information, you can dial 8-1-1 to reach Health Link BC Dietitian Services; OR you can use the Find a Dietitian site below to look for a fee-for-service Dietitian near you: Find a Dietitian
Dietitian coverage may be available using your extended health care benefits. For information click here.