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What to feed your baby

Starting on solid food is a very exciting time for you and your baby. There is a wide variety of different colours and textures of food available for them to try. Offering finger foods (like soft cooked vegetable sticks) can be a fun way to introduce solid food to your baby.

Why not offer a mixture of finger foods and purees, moving quickly from smooth purees to foods containing soft lumps. Babies tend to prefer sweet tastes, so it’s a good idea to begin with offering vegetables that are more bitter tasting like:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • and spinach

to help them get used to, and enjoy stronger flavours.  

Be patient it can take several attempts for your baby to accept new foods, particularly as they get older. They may make funny faces, but this does not mean they do not like it, they are just getting used to new flavours and textures.

Examples of pureed, mashed and finger foods from 6 months
Apple

              Pureed                             Mashed                         Finger food                               

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   Carrot

             Pureed                             Mashed                           Finger food          

weaning carrot 3

Rice

             Pureed                              Mashed                           Finger food

Weaning rise 3

Naturally sweet fruits (such as apples or bananas) or vegetables (such as carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash) can be used to sweeten foods.  There is no need to add sugar to sweeten food. Once your baby is six months old she/he can also start trying other foods such as bread, rice, pasta, plain cereals, meat and fish.

Remember it may take a few attempts for your baby to like certain foods, it’s best to try one food at a time and offer small amounts.

Your baby will love being a part of family mealtimes and being able to eat the same food as the rest of the family. When preparing homemade meals try not to add any sugar or salt.  Salt can damage your baby’s kidneys and sugar can damage his/her teeth.

The only drinks your baby needs in the first year are breast milk/infant formula and water.

Remember: If using baby jars, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. These foods are usually expensive, less nutritious, sweet and bland in taste. The texture will be smoother than the foods you make yourself, so why not mash or cut up a small portion of what the rest of the family are enjoying.

Note: If you have any concerns about allergies to certain foods, please talk to your health visitor