Welcome to the first in our Weaning Wednesday series! And where best to start than first foods!
Whether you have chosen to start with purées, go the baby-led weaning route, or a combination of the two (my personal favourite), introducing your little one to their first taste of solid food can be exciting and nerve wracking at the same time!
Moving on to solid food is an adjustment that takes time. Babies are naturally drawn to sweeter foods due to the sweet taste of breast and formula milk. So for that reason, it’s good to start with some bitter flavours to allow their taste buds to adapt to this new experience.
Add in a few sweeter ‘greens’ and this should allow their taste buds to get a broad experience of a number of different foods in the first week or two.
Food suggestions for baby weaning :
Purée, mash or give to your child in large hand-held sized pieces (baby-led weaning from 6 months only) and see how they explore these new flavours!
The foods listed above shouldn’t cause any allergies, but they may cause tummy upsets and constipation. I would always advise giving one new food to your baby within a 48 hour period to see how their body reacts to the change and new experience. Make sure you also offer water (boiled and cooled) to help break down the foods and ease constipation.
Some will initiate excess gas too, so note down any changes and only offer small amounts of those foods for ease on their tummies.