moving on from
first tastes

Introducing texture

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why is


Many of our lifelong eating behaviours develop during the first years of life. This is especially true of
learning which food tastes and textures we like and how much we eat.
Children determine what they like and dislike based on how familiar a food is and there is actually a
direct link between the frequency with which you offer a food and what your child likes to eat. Repeated
exposure in the first few years is important, as it can take up to 12 times for a new food to be accepted.

After offering those first tastes, keep feeding your baby with a wide variety of flavours early on, because
this is when your curious little foodie explorer is more willing to try new foods. And that’s what weaning
is all about. It’s an opportunity to introduce your baby to a range of tastes and textures while they’re still
getting the majority of their nutrients from their breast or formula milk during their first year. Because
milk still forms an important part of baby’s diet at this stage, you don’t need to worry about the quantity
of food they’re eating or specific nutrients. Just focus on variety and enjoying exploring new (and
favourite) flavours with your little one!

But food exploration is about more than just taste…



let’s talk texture


If you have started your baby off on purées, your baby will be able to tolerate (and hopefully, enjoy!)
mashed and finger foods from quite early on. Weaning is a gradual, gentle process of exploring a wide
variety of flavours and textures, so think about moving onto different vegetables, grains, pulses, meat
and fish fairly soon after those first simple vegetable and fruit purées.

  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Pulses
  • Meat
  • Fish

Introducing lumps is a gradual process. You can either go straight onto finger food (chunks of soft,
cooked vegetables, for example), or start with small, soft overall lumps (think mashing with a fork rather
than blending). Chewing is a big milestone, so don’t expect it to happen right away! Just keep trying and


cat’s advice

cat’s advice

Your baby’s appetite might be different, every day. Be guided by it. Don’t force food if they’re not interested one day—tomorrow will be different. And don’t worry if you have one day when they are not interested in food; think about their diet over the whole week.