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HSE article for Nutrition

Helping your child to eat healthily

You don't need to force a healthy diet on your child to help them to eat healthily. Learn some tips to help your child eat healthily.


Introducing solid foods to your baby takes place in stages. There are three stages of weaning. It starts with spoon feeds at 4 to 6 months.

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