Your baby’s first step in to the world of 'solid' foods is an incredible milestone, but one that brings many questions as a new parent. Here are ten top tips to equip you with foods and techniques to try, and what to expect:
- First foods introduced should have a bland taste and a thin smooth consistency, just slightly thicker than milk.
- Babies can find trying to eat solids frustrating if they are hungry so until they get the hang of it offer solids part way through a milk feed.
- Start by offering small amounts, about 1-2 teaspoons, and then gradually increase the amount.
- Introduce one new food at a time and continue with this for two or three days, before you introduce another new food, so that you can monitor any reaction.
- Don’t try to introduce new foods if your baby is tired, over hungry or teething.
- If you’re feeling anxious or stressed your baby will pick up on this so try to stay calm and relaxed.
- Babies don’t need three meals a day when you start weaning, so choose a time of day to start weaning when you feel relaxed and have plenty of time.
- Make sure that hot food is properly cooled before you offer it to your baby.
- Allow your baby to pick up food and try to feed themselves as soon as they show interest.
- Never add salt or sugar to foods for babies. Even if the food tastes bland to you it will be fine for your baby.
Here are three quick and easy recipes for each stage of your little one’s journey to make weaning fuss-free and help form healthy habits that will last a lifetime:
Banana and rice purée
1/2 small ripe banana
1-2 tbsp of baby rice
2 tbsp of breast or formula milk
Mash the banana well. Mix the rice and milk, and stir into the banana. Adjust the texture with milk or rice to make a runnier or firmer purée.
Lentils with butternut squash and avocado
50g red lentils
125g butternut squash, peeled and diced
½ small ripe avocado, mashed
Cook the lentils in water for about 15mins or until soft. Cook the squash until tender. Drain the lentils, add the squash and avocado and mash.
10 -12 months
Beef with Sweet Potato and peas
1 sweet medium potato, peeled and cut into cubes
A handful frozen peas
100g lean beef mince
Fry the mince in half a teaspoon of oil until brown. Cook the sweet potato in a pan of unsalted water for about 10mins or until tender. A few minutes before potato is cooked add the peas and continue to cook. Drain the potatoes and peas and mash into the mince.
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By Fiona Hunter