At around six months of age, but not before four months old, infants start receiving semi-solid foods known as complementary feeding, mixed feeding or weaning. The introduction of semi-solid foods is important because infants start to become physiologically and developmentally ready for these foods, and their growing body require more nutrients than cannot be provided by breastmilk or formula alone. For example, their muscles increase in size and strength, their digestive system is able to process more solid forms as it develops motility and immune tolerance. In addition, their brains are forming new connections every day, as they develop observation, memory and vocal skills.
Throughout complementary feeding, nutritious foods can be introduced in any order, or at any rate, provided the texture is suitable for your own infant’s stage of development. A balanced and regular supply of sources of protein, fats and carbohydrates are required as their behaviour changes with increasing appetite and growth requirements.