Baby Weaning

Weaning: Where to go after offering first tastes?

After offering those first tastes, it is good to keep offering a wide variety of flavours early on, when your little one is are more willing to try new foods.

Great first foods include: soft, well cooked meat, fish, pulses (peas, beans and lentils), fruits, vegetables and cereals such as oats or fingers of toast.

Getting babies to touch food and taste is an important step in their development to becoming independent eaters.  It is a very messy process, and babies can get very little into their mouths. They will become more proficient over time and will enjoy the meal-time experience and be less fussy eaters. but pay particular attention to when they are eating finger foods to make sure they don’t choke on pieces that might break off when they put them in their mouth. Finger foods can be offered to babies after 6 months of age.

Foods for 7-9 month olds should still be soft and easy to bite and chew.

Many babies of this age will be able to pick things up with their whole hand, and by 7-8 months they will be able to use their thumb and forefinger to make more precise movements.

Suitable from 6 months:

  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Cooked Carrot
  • Soft cooked potato or sweet potato
  • Cooked red or yellow pepper.

Suitable from about 7 months:

  • Broccoli
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Apricot
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Strawberries
  • Bread squares
  • Pasta shapes
  • Potato
  • Egg (thoroughly cooked)
  • Butter beans (cooked).

Remember it is important to never leave your baby alone while eating and that finger foods should not contain any pips, stones, tough skins, stringy bits or bones.

By Alice Fotheringham

Infant Nutrition Expert, Registered Nutritional Therapist at Piccolo

Piccolo is an organic baby food brand using 100% natural ingredients.

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