Infants and solid foods

The reasons for introducing solid foods are that appetite and nutrient requirements are no longer satisfied by breast milk or infant formula. It is important that solid foods are not introduced too early as the tongue-extrusion reflex may push out foods and the increasing ability to sit makes it easier to manage food in the mouth before swallowing. Most infants at this stage will have an interest in their environment and be willing to try new tastes and textures.

Key advice from the NHMRC 2012 Infant Feeding Guidelines