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Table 2 The timing of introduction of different types of complementary food (N = 2157)

From: Factors associated with early introduction of complementary feeding and consumption of non-recommended foods among Dutch infants: the BeeBOFT study

Type of complementary food Before 4 months Between 4–5 months After age 5 monthsa Never givenb
N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Sweet beveragesc 132(6.1) 251(11.6) 740(34.3) 1036(48.0)
Milk or buttermilk 18(0.8) 8(0.4) 57(2.7) 2067(96.1)
Yogurt 32(1.5) 99(4.6) 611(28.4) 1413(65.6)
Porridge 255(11.8) 605(28.0) 719(33.3) 580(26.9)
Bread 10(0.5) 81(3.8) 1019(47.2) 1047(48.5)
Snack foodsd 16(0.7) 124(5.7) 713(33.0) 1306(60.5)
Crackers or breadsticks 4(0.2) 55(2.6) 484(22.5) 1610(74.8)
Fruit 236(11.0) 791(36.7) 1067(49.5) 62(2.9)
Vegetables 137(6.4) 638(29.6) 1240(57.4) 144(6.7)
Pasta/potato/rice 16(0.7) 112(5.2) 1072(49.8) 952(44.2)
Fish/meat/meat substitutes 34(1.6) 163(7.6) 1120(51.9) 841(39.0)
Any complementary food 462(21.4) 875(40.5) 794(36.8) 28(1.3)
  1. aAfter the child reached the age of 5 months, and before the time parent completed the questionnaire on infant feeding. The mean age of the infants at questionnaire completion was 6.3 months (SD = 0.6)
  2. bComplementary feeding had not yet been introduced to the infant when parents filled in the questionnaire
  3. cIncluding fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, soft drinks (e.g. cola, iced tea), fruit cordials or syrup, and sweetened dairy products
  4. dIncluding baby cookies, and chocolate or candy