Feeding your baby a healthy diet is important to their overall growth and development. Learn about the health benefits associated with breastfeeding, when to transition to solid food and how to ensure your baby is getting the proper nutrients.

Introducing solid food

Once your child reaches 6 months of age, you can start introducing solid foods. By 6 months, babies need extra iron and other nutrients from solid food for healthy growth and development. Review the infant nutrition guides from Health Canada to learn more about feeding your child.

Your baby is likely ready for solid food, when they can:

  • Hold their head up
  • Sit in a high chair
  • Open their mouth wide when you offer a spoon
  • Turn their face away when they don't want food
  • Close their lips over a spoon
  • Keep their food in their mouth and swallow it instead of pushing it out

For more information about introducing solid foods, check out Unlock Food, which includes safety tips and recipes for homemade baby food.

Formula feeding

Breastfeeding is not always an option. Talk with your family doctor about formula feeding to find out what will work best for you and your child.

For information about the shortage of formula for infants with food allergies, please visit this Health Canada webpage or view the fact sheet, Information for families during the shortage of formula for infants with food allergies [PDF].