The transition from milk to solids is a time of fun and experimentation for you and your bub.

Rafferty’s Garden nutritionist Karen Kingham walks you through all you need to know about starting out on first foods.


Are you starting your bub on solids? See what mums are saying about Rafferty’s Garden Smooth Range!

How to know when baby is ready:

The rule of thumb for starting your baby on solids is to begin by the time your baby is six months but not before they are four months.

Babies grow best on breast milk or formula until this point however from around six months they need the extra nutrition and energy solid foods provide.

As with any developmental milestone, your baby will ultimately dictate the best time to start.

The clues to look for are:

  • Sitting with support and holding head steady
  • Sucking/chewing on fists, toys or absolutely anything within reach
  • Disappearance of tongue thrust reflex which protects from choking
  • Milk feeds no longer satisfy
  • There’s lots of interest in everything you’re eating

If your bub isn’t sleeping through the night, don’t pin your hopes on first foods changing this – you may be disappointed. Babies have tiny tummies that need filling often, some more so than others.

Time, growth and the maturity that comes with this is what it will take to give both you and your baby more sleep.

When did you start your bub on solids? TELL US in the comments below. 

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  • All of my kids were around 5 to 6mths. There are so many options available from the supermarket now.


  • I think my bub was about 4 months.


  • I started my little one on solids at 4 months and had no problems. I was told that might be a little early but she was following my spoon when I was eating and reaching out to grab it, that was a good enough sign for me.

    • yeah every kids different and they do get so curious about food


  • Can I ask is rafferty’s garden pouches just as good as home made as in nutrition and vitiamns ect.


  • I started them both at around six months. Only to give them tastes of new stuff, milk still satisfies them but I wanted to get them to try foods before they needed it and also to be careful of introducing only 1 new food a week to check for allergies.


  • Rafferty’s Garden smooth range is an excellent product to start using if your bub is trying out solids for the first time. They are smooth in texture and taste yummy. Filled with healthy fruit and vegetables, they contain no hidden ‘nasties’ so you can feel confident in feeding them to your bub. They come in a great range of flavours and are so convenient when you are out and about. My bub loves them!


  • DS kept watching us eat with interest, so we started offering solids at 5 months, he didn’t really get interested eating solids till 6 months,


  • 6 months


  • They are helpful hints.for me.


  • Mine started at 4 months and I didn’t have any problems! I know when they r ready


  • I was guided by my Maternal Health Nurse and started after 4 months with the rice mix. My bub was 4 kilos born, so he was really ready for something more than milk!


  • Lke it


  • both of mine started at 6mths – boy was that fun, there both were not fans of the farex cereals and really who could blame them. Were alot happier on fruits firstly then moved into the vegie – can highly recommend making your own so you know especially what is going into it and can highly recommend the rafferty’s range both my girls loved their meals


  • We started playing with food from 5 months. It was more about experimenting and socialising (joining in with sitting up for meals). It took the pressure off making sure my baby ‘ate’. He had so much fun squashing good in his fingers and practicing picking up food and aiming for his mouth. He’s now a great eater at 11 months


  • The ‘mum’ button switches on and you know when your babies are ready, each of mine was different.


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