When to start feeding your child solid foods



As your child grows, their nutritional needs grow too. Getting the timing right for introducing solid foods is critical to their health.

Your child’s diet should consist of nothing more than breast milk for the first 6 months of life. It is a constant safe source of essential nutrition. Only 43 per cent of the world’s infants under 6 months of age are exclusively breastfed and the vast majority of young children are not fed a diverse diet during the complementary feeding period.

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Designed and produced by: Global Health Media Project (GHMP).

Conceptualized and reviewed by: UNICEF Nutrition team (France Bégin, Aashima Garg, Jessica White, Maaike Arts), Early Childhood Development and Communication for Development teams in Headquarters New York; Dr. Karen Hays (CNM); and several nutrition and WASH experts worldwide.

Support and on-site collaboration: UNICEF-Kenya; Kenya Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Unit; Machakos County Department of Health; UNICEF-Nigeria; Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria; Ondo State Ministry of Health; Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board; UNICEF-Nepal; Ministry of Health Nepal, District Health Office, Kavre; health workers and volunteers from Kavre; and Nepal Technical Assistance Group.

Funding support: First Foods for Young Children possible was provided by UNICEF-Kenya, UNICEF-Nigeria, UNICEF-Nepal, and UNICEF-Tanzania (along with their donors, DFID and UK-AID); UNICEF-HQ; and the US Fund. Support was also provided by GHMP’s individual and family donors.

Special thanks: to more than 60 families in Kenya, Nigeria, and Nepal who were willing to filmed with their young children.

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