Now your baby is enjoying their first veggies, it’s full steam ahead to step 2 – introducing a whole world of new tastes and textures!
Offering your little one a wide range of veg when they’re small makes them more likely to eat their veg as they grow. Now they’re successfully munching on savoury food, you can carry on offering them single veg and begin to tempt them with some fruity flavours too! Try offering them little and often throughout the day.
- Keep up with the milk – from 6 months, your baby needs 500-600ml of milk a day to make sure they aren’t going hungry.
- Offer mini meals more than once a day
- Remember it can take 8-10 tries before your little one learns to love a new food
- Offer small amounts of food in your baby’s bowl and add more only if need be
- Keep feeding them what they love, as well as new foods
- Use either fresh or frozen fruit or veg
- Adapt existing recipes to make them lumpier
- Steam rather than boil veggies – it keeps the goodness in!
- Remove seeds and stones to prevent choking
- Make sure finger foods are soft and well-cooked
- Mask the veggie taste by adding fruit or other sweet things
- Mix savoury and sweet foods – let them understand the difference
- Leave your baby alone when feeding
- Reuse leftovers from the bowl as their saliva will have added germs into the mix
- Worry if your baby is eating small amounts at first
My shopping list
Here’s your complete shopping list of ingredients for step 2:
- 1 medium eating apple
- 1 medium pear
- 1 bag of spinach
- 1 medium or 2 small parsnips
- 60g ripe strawberries
- 1 small ripe banana
- 1 small avocado
- 250g sweet potatoes
- 1 lemon to store the open avocado
HOW TO FEED
At 6-7 months you can offer lumpier textures, like thicker purées, soft, mashed food or soft finger foods. Not only does this help your little one become more adventurous with food, it also helps develop muscles important for speech. So they might be chattering sooner than you thought!
Try giving them two or three veggies in the same feed – they don’t all have to be new tastes – try to keep up with the veggies they already know and love! Just make sure the purées aren’t mixed up, so they learn to love the individual tastes.
Ready for step 3?
Congratulations – now you can start to really mix it up, adding new foods like meat, fish, other proteins, dairy and carbs to make sure your little one is getting a real balance.
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