Perfecting Purees

Current recommendation (WHO, NHMRC, ABA, Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines) is exclusive breast or formula feeding until 6 months of age

  • However, no evidence that introducing solids at 4 versus 5 versus 6 months is any different in terms of allergy risk (ASCIA)

  • Signs of readiness? Your bub shows interest in what you’re eating (perhaps tries to grab your food!) and is able to sit upright


Iron fortified cereal – at 6 months, the iron stores your baby is born with is running low – this first food is a good source of iron, gluten free and low allergy risk

Remember, solids are EXTRAS, the main source of nutrition is still breast milk or infant formula and this continues to protect baby against allergies

**Offer one new food at a time, offer one new food for 3-4 days**

Week 1

  • Offer 1-2 teaspoons of rice cereal, once per day

  • Easy recipe: pour 1/2 cup brown rice into blender and blend 45 seconds to a minute until a very fine powder. This can be stored in the fridge or in airtight container. When ready to serve, add 2 tbsp rice powder to 1/2 cup boiling water and stir for 5 minutes until nice and soft

Week 2

  • Offer rice cereal twice per day

Week 3

  • Offer rice cereal twice per day

  • Try cooked/ puree fruit, once per day (aiming for 1/4 cup per day)

  • You could try introducing apple and pear this week; then banana, melons and avocado

  • Hold off on kiwi fruits, citrus and strawberries until 8 months as they contain more allergens

Week 4

  • Offer rice cereal and fruit in morning

  • Try puree / mashed vegetables in the afternoon (start with 1-2 teaspoons and aiming for 1-2 tablespoons)

  • You could try potato and pumpkin this week; or sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, peas, zucchini

  • Don’t overdo spinach as it can interfere with iron absorption


  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1-2 tbsp water

  • ¼ avocado, mashed


  1. Steam carrot for 8-10 minutes or until soft

  2. Mash with a fork or blend in food processor, add the water and puree until you have your desired consistency

  3. Combine 1/4 cup carrot puree with the avocado