6 months + intro to texture
What do their faces mean?
Your little food critic isn’t shy in letting you know they don’t like something. While they might not have the words just yet, that face they’re pulling says it all. This is what they think to that new flavour…
Bitter flavours are unpopular but only because they’re unfamiliar, so expect a few disgusted looks. Stick with it, they usually come round.
Sweet things are met with instant approval — likely because milk has a sweet taste. Expect this ‘give me more’ face.
An open-mouthed face is a sure sign your kid is after the next mouthful
You’ve piqued their curiosity but they’re unsure about another mouthful. Try a little more to help them make up their mind
Pulling away means ‘not a chance’ so it’s time to skip onto the next taste or texture. It could also mean they’re just full up
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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