Weaning Step 2 - First Finger Foods
INTRODUCING MORE FLAVOURS
Once you have mastered the first steps and your baby seems confident enough to try new flavours, it’s time to introduce new tastes and textures !
WHAT NEW TASTES AND TEXTURES MEAN
Some babies will adapt very quickly to vegetables and others won’t. Once you think that your baby is feeling comfortable with the single vegetable purees he is eating, you can introduce fruits too. The reason behind this is to introduce your baby to as many different tastes and textures as possible in order to establish an appetite for later life.
5 KEY TIPS ON WEANING IN STEP 2
It might take up to 10 tries to get your baby to try and love new foods, but keep at it. It’s worth it in the long run ! One clever tip is to offer him his favourite puree, but slightly lumpier – this will get him used to new textures. Additionally, he will still need milk each day from 6 months, and this will help with managing hunger.
Give him smaller meals more than once a day
Steam rather than boil because steaming retains more minerals
Offer new foods alongside favourite foods
Make all food soft and easily digestible
Try not to mix fruit and vegetables together as this will not highlight the difference between the two food groups
VERY IMPORTANT TIPS
Remove all stones and pips and anything your baby may choke on (found in fruit, especially)
Never leave your baby unattended while feeding
Cook everything thoroughly, and let food cool down before serving
Do not use leftovers because his saliva might have added germs
HOW YOU COOK IS IMPORTANT
Thicker, pureed foods, mashed and soft foods are a great way to achieve two objectives: helping your baby become more adventurous and try new things; it even helps to develop their speech muscles.
HOW TO INTRODUCE NEW FOODS
Try introducing two or three vegetables at the same time. This will help him distinguish between tastes and textures. It will help you find out his likes and dislikes. (One very important point is that, just like in adults, tastes change. What your baby may not like one day he may like the next).
Recipes for Step 2
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WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIES?
If you think your baby is experiencing symptoms that indicate a food allergy, please ask your paediatrician for advice.