6 months + intro to texture
What do their faces mean?
As you introduce different foods to your baby it’s likely you’ll see a variety of faces being pulled as they get used to new flavours and textures. Here’s our guide to what some of those faces mean.
Bitter tastes are unfamiliar to your little one, but their sensitive taste buds just need time to adjust.
This face is instant approval as it is similar to breastmilk which is both sweet & savoury.
Babies will instantly let you know when they like something; make sure you reinforce positive behaviour.
When you see this face, your little one is curious but unsure, keep trying to see if they like the flavour.
If your little one keeps pulling away, they might not be hungry or it might be worth moving on to new tastes & textures.
Balance with texture
Weaning need not be overwhelming; once you have decided you and your baby are ready it’s about taking a balanced approach in regards to timings, perseverance and food types.
Introducing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and flavours at this early stage means your baby is more likely to develop a taste for them later in life.
Instead of puréeing vegetables and fruits until smooth in a blender, simply mash them with a fork to leave a chunkier texture.
While you prep meals why not give your baby a chunk of soft veg to gum on? This is a great way for them to practice co-ordination.
Your little one will have more energy than ever so enjoying activities with them – like baby sensory play or swim classes – is a great way to keep them entertained.
Mealtimes are social occasions too – start good habits by sitting together as a family to eat several times a week.
Taste adventures with texture
There’s no one best food to start with when weaning, but simply prepared vegetables and fruits make great options. Here are some suggestions for first foods, along with what to avoid.
Mashed pulses & beans.
Cubes of cheese.
Mashed sweet potato.
Cooked grains & pizza.
Whole grain bread.
AVOID: Added sugar.
AVOID: Added salt.
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