It’s time to start mixing things up! New food groups and new combinations will make sure your little one is getting a real balance.
Try to add iron, from red meat, beans and green leafy veg to support normal cognitive development and also dairy which is a source of calcium which supports normal bone development. Meat, fish, beans and eggs are good sources of protein, which is needed for normal growth and development of bone, and starchy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes provide energy and B vitamins.
- Set a good example and watch what you eat in front of your baby
- Smile as you eat – even if you don’t like something. They understand your facial expressions!
- Still repeat their old favourites, especially if they are struggling with new tastes and textures
- Keep trying – it can take 8-10 tries before they learn to like something
- Add spices and herbs for flavour, but go easy!
- Keep hands and surfaces clean when preparing food
- Cook all meat, fish and eggs thoroughly
- Use processed meat like bacon, sausages or burgers – they could be full of preservatives and salt
- Use raw fish and shellfish until your little one is a year old
- Add stock or gravy to meals – they are packed with salt
- Add salt, sugar or honey to your baby’s food (or let them see you adding it to yours!)
- Give them too much cheese – there’s salt hiding in this too!
- Worry if one day they accept something and the next they don’t – try something else and offer again in a few days.
My shopping list
Here's what you need for step 3:
- 150g cauliflower florets
- 25g cheddar cheese
- 100g lean minced beef
- 100g chicken breast
- 490g tinned, chopped tomatoes
- 80g skinless, boneless white fish fillet
- 150ml full-fat cows' milk
- Full-fat spread
- 800g carrots
- 100g lamb mince
- 390g sweet potato
- 360g tinned broad beans
- 180g frozen peas
- Tomato purée
PREPARING MEAT AND FISH
If you’re adding meat and fish to your little one’s menu, it’s important to prepare it properly.
So make sure you remove any bones (especially in fish), skin and excess fat. Good quality, lean mince is great because everything’s already done for you.
Now your little one’s got a taste for adventurous new flavours, mix things up with our yummy savoury combos!See the range