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Feed your baby the common allergy causing foods such as peanut, egg, tree nuts, and cow's milk before your baby is one year of age.

Food Ideas

Here are some ideas to help you introduce common allergy causing foods to your baby.

If your baby has had what could be an allergic reaction or is allergic to a particular food, do not feed your baby that food and see your doctor for further advice.

First Foods — Around 6 months, but not before 4 months

The first foods you give to your baby need to be smooth, such as pureed food. The food should be sloppy and smooth with no lumps.

The amount the baby eats will vary each day from 1 teaspoon up to 3—4 tablespoons at mealtime. To start with, offer your baby solid foods once a day. Over time you can offer solid foods 2—3 times a day. Let your baby decide how much to eat.

You can mix a small amount of the common allergy causing food with fruit or vegetable puree or iron-fortified baby cereal. Here are some food ideas:

Egg

Egg

Mix a small amount of well cooked egg (e.g. hard-boiled egg) with baby cereal or vegetable puree

Peanut

Peanut

Mix a small amount of peanut flour or smooth peanut butter/paste/spread with baby cereal or fruit puree

Cow's Milk

Cow's Milk

Mix a small amount of custard (unsweetened plain) or yoghurt (full fat, unsweetened plain) with baby cereal or fruit puree

Wheat

Wheat

Try semolina porridge mixed with breast milk or infant formula

Soy

Soy

Try soft tofu, mashed

Fish

Fish

Remove the bones, then steam and puree

Around 7 — 9 months

Once your baby is eating smooth textured foods well, you can start to give them foods that are more lumpy in texture.

Try mashed, grated, minced and finely chopped foods. You can also try soft finger-foods that your baby can hold and chew. Here are some food ideas:

Egg

Egg

Hard-boiled egg with mashed avocado or mashed sweet potato. You can also offer thoroughly cooked scrambled egg

Peanut

Peanut

From around 8 months, try offering peanut spread on small pieces of bread or finely ground peanuts on casseroles.

Tree Nuts

Tree Nuts

Try offering nut spreads on small pieces of bread

Soy

Soy

Try well-cooked soy beans, mashed

Cow's Milk

Cow's Milk

Add finely grated cheese to lumpy mashed vegetables or offer grated cheese as a finger food

You could also make a cheese sauce to go with some mashed vegetables or mixed with cooked fish or pasta

Ricotta or cottage cheeses mixed with fruit, avocado or mashed vegetables is another option

Oat porridge cooked with cow's milk

You can keep offering smooth textures such as custards and yoghurts while you introduce the lumpy more textured foods

Wheat

Wheat

Try small pasta (e.g. risoni) or cous cous added to mashed vegetables and meat

Well-cooked spiral pasta is a good finger food

Offer bread (fresh or toasted) with a spread on it

Try offering pikelets

Fish

Fish

Steam and flake (break up) the fish and mix with a cheese sauce

Try tinned tuna (no added salt), drained and mixed into mashed vegetables

Shellfish

Shellfish

Try crabmeat or prawns, steamed, minced and mixed with mashed vegetables

Around 10 — 12 months

Once your baby is eating lumpy foods well, you can start to give them foods that have more texture.

Try soft chopped foods and finger foods. Here are some food ideas:

Egg

Egg

Try feeding your baby an omelette either cut up into pieces on its own or chopped into fried rice.

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut or other nut spreads on bread or toast is a simple way to feed these foods to your baby at this age.

Tree Nuts

Tree Nuts

Try adding pesto sauce containing ground up nuts to pasta

You could also use almond meal to make muffins

Cow's Milk

Cow's Milk

Try cow’s milk on cereal or soft cheese cut into cubes

You could also try cheese spread on bread or crackers

Wheat

Wheat

Add wheat based noodles to cooked vegetables

Make up sandwiches and cut them up

Try Weet-BixTM cereal with milk and chopped banana

Fish

Fish

Try more varieties of fish (e.g. fresh salmon steamed)

Try fish patties or a fish casserole

Tuna or salmon pasta or served with rice, noodles or cooked vegetables

Shellfish

Shellfish

Try crab cakes

Prawns, pan fried or steamed with noodles and cooked vegetables

Scallops, steamed and chopped and added to rice and cooked vegetables

Sesame

Sesame

Hummus dip made from tahini (sesame paste)

Stir fry vegetables with sesame oil

Sprinkle sesame seeds on meat, cooked vegetables or rice

Use bread with sesame seeds to make sandwiches or toast

Soy

Soy

Cubed tofu can be added to noodles and cooked vegetables

Recipes for your baby

Looking for ideas of how to introduce tree nuts into your baby's diet? Download the Baby Food Recipes book for ten simple and delicious recipes aimed at infants 6-8 months of age.

Download the Baby Food Recipes book (PDF)