How long before bed should i feed my baby solids

Starting solids! The when, what, how of solid food.

Starting solids can feel really daunting for some parents. With conflicting information on the internet and then differing opinions from family and friends too, it can become very overwhelming!

Here at Little Ones we want to take the confusion out of starting solids and to help you to find what works best for you and your little one. So we've teamed up with an accredited dietitian and nutritionist to give you to the most current evidence-based nutrition recommendations for your baby.

In this article:

  • When to start solids
  • What foods to offer your baby
  • How to introduce solid food
  • How much should your baby be eating?
  • How to introduce different textures

Disclaimer: The advice and information provided in this article is general in nature and based primarily around the Australian guidelines so might not be appropriate for all circumstances. It is important to understand that the advice is intended as a guide only and is not intended to replace an individualized consultation with a medical doctor or qualified health professional.

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When to start solids

The recommendations around when to start solids can differ from country to country but the general consensus (and recommendation from the World Health Organization) is to start introducing solids at around 6 months but not before 4 months.

At this time your little one will likely be starting to show some signs of readiness for solids.

Signs of readiness can include:

  •  Sitting upright on their own or with minimal support.
  • Able control their neck and head well. This sign of readiness is very important as having good head and neck control is important to reduce the risk of choking.
  • Interested in the people around them eating.
  • Tries to grasp objects (like toys, food etc) and bring them to their mouth.
  • Opens their mouth when they are offered food
  • Brings the food from the front of their mouth to the back of their mouth and swallows, rather than letting it dribble back out of their mouth. 

What foods to offer your baby

There are no set rules around what your baby's first food or first meal should be, but it's a good idea to choose foods from the following three groups:

  1. 1. Iron-rich foods like meat, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, tofu or an iron-fortified infant cereal. Make sure all foods are given in a way that is texturally appropriate for your baby's age.
  2. 2. Energy-dense foods like meat, eggs, oily fish, avocado, sweet potato, white potato, full-fat dairy products or banana. Little ones at this age are growing very quickly and won't eat very much to start with, as they have very small tummies. Energy-dense foods offer them bang for their buck in terms of energy per gram.
  3. 3. A variety of vegetables or fruit. There is a critical window between 6 and 9 months for introducing the different textures and flavours of vegetables and fruit, so capitalize on this time where your little one will readily accept these foods by offering a wide variety.

Allergenic foods

Any food that contains protein has the potential to cause an allergic reaction, however, there are 9 foods that are most likely to elicit a reaction. These are:

  • cow's milk (dairy)
  • egg
  • peanuts and tree nuts
  • sesame
  • soy
  • fish and shellfish
  • wheat

So the big question is, should you avoid foods that might cause an allergic reaction in your little one until after they are 12 months?

The answer is no. Research suggests that offering these common food allergens earlier, at around 6 months (and not before 4 months), can actually help to reduce your baby’s risk of developing food allergies.

Note: if someone in your little one’s immediate family (sibling or parent) has a food allergy, we would suggest speaking to your doctor to determine the best plan for introducing solids. Often, you will proceed with introducing solid food as usual but sometimes doctors will recommend introducing the common allergens earlier than 6 months, depending on the individual situation.

How to introduce solid food

Start low and slow! Begin with a small amount of food, around 1 teaspoon, so as not to overwhelm your little one for the first few mealtimes. Gradually increase this amount in response to your little one's hunger or fullness cues.

At Little Ones, we generally recommend starting solids at the lunch meal first and introducing one new food at a time. This makes it easier to see how your baby is responding to specific foods (and solids in general!) and gives them plenty of time to digest their food before bedtime. This can help to prevent your baby waking uncomfortable overnight.

Should you offer milk feeds or solids first? 

Milk is still the priority nutrition until 12 months old, but solid food is an increasingly important part of the diet from 6 months old, as it provides nutrients that are important to meet the needs of the growing infant. From 6 months onwards, breast milk or formula alone does not provide all of the nutrients your baby needs - particularly iron.

It’s important to find the right balance between the two, where milk feeds are prioritised, but your little one is also eating solids.

At Little Ones, we generally recommend offering milk before solids until around 8 months of age. From 8 months onwards, your baby should be pretty well established on solids and starting to naturally reduce their milk feeds, so this is often a good time to start switching things around by offering solids before milk at some meals.

How much should your baby be eating?

There is no specific amount that a little one ‘should’ be eating. Just like adults, they will need different amounts depending on how they are feeling, the food itself, how much they have eaten earlier in the day, or how much milk they have consumed in the previous 48 hours.

A baby is considered "established" on solids when they are eating 2-3 meals a day, with approximately 1/2 cup of solid food at each meal. Most babies will reach this point by around 8 months old, but in some instances this can be earlier or later.

What is most important is to try to tune into our little one’s individual hunger and fullness cues, so that we offer them exactly what they need at each meal.

Signs your little one might be hungry:

  • Clenching fists over their chest
  • Flexing their arms and/or legs
  • Moving their hands to their mouth
  • Putting things into their mouth
  • Smacking or licking their lips
  • Increased alertness
  • Moving their head from side to side
  • Leaning towards food or reaching towards food
  • Motioning towards their high chair
  • Opening their mouth wide
  • Making sucking noises

Signs your little one might be full:

  • They are putting their hand to their face
  • They wait until the spoon is at their lips before opening their mouth
  • They are grimacing, pouting or frowning
  • They avert their gaze
  • They turn their head away from food
  • They spit or eject food from their mouth
  • They are fussing or whining
  • They are agitated or squirming
  • They fidget or get distracted
  • They close their mouth or turn their head away

How to introduce different textures

There is a lot of debate about whether to adopt a baby-led or traditional approach to weaning. The World Health Organization and many government recommendations are currently to offer a traditional weaning approach with the gradual introduction of new textures.

At the end of the day, what is most important is that your little one starts their solids journey within a positive eating environment, where you both feel comfortable. If you're not sure how you want to introduce different textures, we would recommend chatting to your doctor before your baby starts solids.

You may decide to follow a traditional weaning approach, starting with purees and progressing through the different textures to finger foods. Or you may want to take a baby-led weaning approach and start with finger foods, or even use a mixed approach. It's totally up to you!

Our Baby Nutrition Program (4-12 months) helps to take out the guesswork out of starting solids, with evidence-based nutritional information, meal plans specific to your baby's age, and our tried and tested, tasty recipes! Our nutrition programs are exclusively available in the Little Ones App.

*This blog is not intended to be used in place of medical advice by your healthcare professional. Please always seek medical advice if you are concerned about your baby's feeding.



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Solid food before bed time???

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Last post: 25/10/2010 at 10:52 am


24/10/2010 at 4:33 pm

Hi, I started weaning my little boy last Sunday., he's just under 6 months. He has 8oz of formula 5x a day and last week I introduced two teaspoons of solid food once a day after his second feed.
This seems to be working well, although he's still waking in the nite (he used to sleep through up until about 6wks ago). Shall I introduce another solid feed before bed or is that not good for his digestion? When do I introduce more solid food and lessen the milk and should it still be normal milk or should he now have follow on milk??? It's all confusing...
I have talked to the HV about him waking 7 or 8 x a night but she says its his teeth and to give him Calpol- don't really want to do that every night!
Last night was the last straw for me, he woke every hour until at 4am I gave up and gave him a bottle, which he gulped down in about 2 mins.
So...solid food before bed or is his waking just for attention and should I try leaving him to cry a little longer?

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25/10/2010 at 9:36 am

Hi Georgette, we've moved your query to our drop-in clinic where we have a lovely Parent Support team who will be able to advise you.


25/10/2010 at 10:45 am

Hi Georgette

Weaning can feel like an uphill struggle at first. You are certainly not alone in feeling confused.

How about taking a look at this link which I think will make things somewhat clearer for you...

Weaning: How to get started - Netmums

To answer your questions specifically...

Shall I introduce another solid feed before bed or is that not good for his digestion?

* I would be inclined to focus on giving DS his solids earlier in the day this will give him the chance to digest it during the day and also if DS were to react to anything new, you would be more aware of any allergic symptoms being present.

When do I introduce more solid food and lessen the milk and should it still be normal milk or should he now have follow on milk???

* You can introduce more solid food at a gradual pace which suits you and DS. Perhaps increasing in quantity first, and then looking at offering solids at additional times, then you can look at offering more of a range of foods.

* There is no need to shift DS on to follow on milk unless you have been advised to do so by your Health Visitor.

* You will probably find that DS will guide you in terms of lessening his milk as he starts to take more solids. Between 6 and 12 months we would expect that he would have about 20 floz per day and then at 12 months this is likely to drop to about 14 floz per day.

In terms of dealing with DS's night waking, if DS is hungry it could be that he is having a growth spurt and as such, really the only thing you can do is feed him to satisfy that hunger and settle him back to sleep.

Your Health Visitor has suggested that teething may be the cause of DS's waking. You can read about managing night time teething here...

Managing night time teething troubles - Netmums

The moment you are experiencing a period of transition with DS, he is starting on solids and also cutting teeth, so things are bound to be a bit all over the place for a while. Don't despair though Georgette, DS will settle back down.

If you find that DS's night waking persists you may like to have a look at the different sleep techniques and consider whether you feel able to adopt and implement one...

Sleep techniques - Netmums

Do let us know how things go.


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kelly g(23)

25/10/2010 at 10:52 am

Hi both my boys did exactly as your little one is doing! it's a nightare!
how i did it was give him tea earlier, but i would give him a few more spoonfulls during the day, then about 6.45pm i  would give him some baby rice, weetabix or the equivalant to fill him up. this worked.  I sometimes used to give them a bit more at 9pm if he woke and wouldnt settle. later on when they could eat more at meal times i used to wake them up at eleven at night for a dream feed, this worked a treat!
the health visitor told me exaclty the same as you if that was the case my son was teething constantly for 9 months.
My boys are 3yrs &16months and are perfectly healthy and very energetic!!!
hope this helps

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Should I feed my baby at night?

Sleep and nutrition

Each child has his own individual rhythm of sleep and nutrition, as well as individual need for them. Just in newborns in the first weeks of life, the ability to distinguish between day and night has not yet been developed. The child is simply not used to going without food for a long time. Indeed, in the womb, he could satisfy hunger at any time of the day or night. Therefore, at least in the first weeks, he will certainly wake you up at night for feeding.

If you are formula feeding your baby, unload yourself and take turns with your partner for nighttime feedings. It is also possible if you express milk in the evening and store it in the refrigerator (from +4°C to +6°C, closed for no more than 2 days). nine0003

After three months, your baby can go without food for longer, so he sleeps longer at night than during the day. Starting at about 6 months, babies no longer need nighttime feedings, as at this age the rhythm of hunger and satiety in a healthy baby stops at daytime.

Before going to bed - milk porridge

Milk dessert with biscuits

Milk porridge at night is more satisfying than milk food. HiPP milk porridges are available both in instant form for easy dilution with water, and in ready-made form, for example, our Good Night milk desserts. You can give milk to your baby first from a bottle and later from a cup. It goes without saying that with the introduction of complementary foods, the child should get used to the spoon, and his diet should contain a sufficient amount of solid food. nine0003

Weaning from night feeding

Night feeding can become a habit that your baby will only reluctantly say goodbye to. If your baby keeps waking up during the night, try offering unsweetened tea or boiled water, but don't feed him.

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