Weaning Food For Baby

You can start weaning with single vegetables and fruits – try blended, mashed, or soft cooked sticks of parsnip, broccoli, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear. You could also try baby rice mixed with your baby’s usual milk. Make sure any cooked food has cooled right down before offering it to your baby.

Your baby’s first weaning foods will include single vegetables and fruits. You could try mashed, blended or soft cooked sticks of parsnip, broccoli, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot and apple or pear. You can also try baby rice mixed with your baby’s usual milk. Make sure any cooked food has cooled right down before offering it to your baby.

You could try baby rice mixed with your baby’s usual milk. Make sure any cooked food has cooled right down before offering it to your baby.

Weaning is a great time to introduce new flavours and textures to your baby’s diet. Don’t rush too quickly, as it’s easy for your baby to get overwhelmed and they can easily turn their noses up at new foods that they’re not used to. Start weaning by blending or mashing soft cooked vegetables, such as apple and carrot, parsnip or potato, or puréeing them with some steamed rice (skip the salt). You could also try small pieces of cooked fruit such as pear, yam or apple – avoid citrus fruits until your baby turns 1 year old.

Weaning your baby means introducing new food. In the first few weeks foods should be soft, smooth and thick, like mashed vegetables or bananas. Later you could introduce foods like stewed apple or couscous, but make sure all these foods are cool enough for your baby to handle (we encourage you to discuss the right way to wean with your health visitor).

6 to 12 Months Baby Food Chart Pdf

From around 6 months

To start with, your baby only needs a small amount of solid food, once a day, at a time that suits you both.

You can start weaning with single vegetables and fruits – try blended, mashed, or soft cooked sticks of parsnip, broccoli, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear. You could also try baby rice mixed with your baby’s usual milk. Make sure any cooked food has cooled right down before offering it to your baby.

It’s important to introduce foods that can trigger allergic reactions one at a time, in very small amounts, so that you can spot any reaction. These foods can be introduced from around 6 months as part of your baby’s diet, just like any other foods:

  • cows’ milk (in cooking or mixed with food)
  • eggs (eggs without a red lion stamp should not be eaten raw or lightly cooked)
  • foods that contain gluten, including wheat, barley and rye
  • nuts and peanuts (serve them crushed or ground)
  • seeds (serve them crushed or ground)
  • soya
  • shellfish (don’t serve raw or lightly cooked)
  • fish

Once introduced and if tolerated, keep offering those foods as part of your baby’s usual diet (to minimise the risk of allergy). Read more about food allergies and what signs to look out for.

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Food groups

Include vegetables that aren’t so sweet, such as broccoli, cauliflower and spinach – this will help your baby get used to a range of flavours (rather than just the sweeter ones like carrots and sweet potato). This can help prevent them being fussy eaters as they grow up.

Remember, babies don’t need salt or sugar added to their food (or cooking water). Babies shouldn’t eat salty foods as it isn’t good for their kidneys and sugar can cause tooth decay.

Gradually increase the amount and variety of the following food groups – have a look at our baby weaning recipes and YouTube channel for inspiration!

Vegetables

Fruit

Starchy foods

Protein foods

Dairy

Smooth or lumpy?

To help your baby get used to different textures and tastes quickly, try moving on to mashed and finger foods (from purées or blended) as soon as they’re ready. This helps them learn how to chew, move solid food around their mouth and swallow solid foods. Give your baby a spoon and let them try feeding themselves – you might need to stick a mat under the highchair though!

Babies take different amounts of time to get used to lumps, but it’s an important skill they need to learn. Just keep offering them lumpy textures from around 6 to 7 months, and stay with them so you can be sure they are swallowing it safely.

Finger foods help get them used to different textures, they love picking bits of food up and feeding themselves – this is also good for developing their hand-eye co-ordination.

Did you know?

When your baby’s had enough, they’ll let you know by firmly closing their mouth or turning their head away.

What is baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning means offering your baby only finger foods and letting them feed themselves from the start (rather than spoon feeding them puréed or mashed foods). You can offer a range of small, finger-sized pieces of food.

Some parents prefer baby-led weaning to spoon feeding, while others combine a bit of both. There’s no right or wrong way – the most important thing is that your baby eats a wide variety of food and gets all the nutrients they need.

Should I still give my baby breast milk or first infant formula?

Yes. To begin with they will still be getting most of their energy and nutrients from breast milk or first infant formula. Breast milk or first infant formula should be their main drink during the first year, you can continue breastfeeding for as long as you both want. Remember your baby’s tummy is tiny and fills up quickly – so offer milk feeds after solids.

Drinks?

During meal times, offer your baby sips of water from an open or free-flow cup. Using an open cup, or a free-flow cup without a valve, will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth.

If your baby is younger than 6 months, it’s important to sterilise the water by boiling it first and then letting it cool right down.

Sweet drinks like squash, fizzy drinks, milkshakes and fruit juice can have lots of sugar, so avoid these to help prevent tooth decay – even baby and toddler drinks can be sugary.

Cows’ milk is not a suitable drink until your baby is 12 months old, but it can be used in cooking or mixed with food from 6 months of age.

Baby Led Weaning Food Chart

You are thinking of weaning your baby off of breastfeeding and introducing solid foods to them. So, what are the best baby weaning foods to give them? In this post, we will assist you in answering this question. Weaning is the process of gradually transitioning your baby’s nutrition from breastfeeding to other foods such as formula milk, and solid foods.

Because you are the one who knows your kid best, the decision to wean your baby is absolutely personal. When considering weaning your infant, it’s crucial to consult with your child’s pediatrician to determine whether or not they’re ready. This is significant because the baby’s digestive system has not yet developed to its full potential; feeding solid meals or other foods too early may result in unforeseen complications (1).

So, what foods should you feed your infant to help them with their weaning? Read on to learn about the basics of baby-weaning, a list of foods you may feed your baby, and some tips on making it comfortable both for yourself and your little one.

When Is The Right Time To Wean?

This is probably the biggest question that may prop up in a new mom’s mind-well, over the years, there have been remarkable changes in the guidelines put down by experts that could help you determine the right time for your baby to start off with solid foods.

In general, it is advisable to start weaning your baby off breast milk once he/she reaches between 4 to 6 months of age (1). Babies born pre-term should be fed breast milk until they are 6 months old. Your baby’s digestive system may often give you some clues about when he’s ready to start off with some solid foods. Here are some typical signs and symptoms that may signify it’s now time to start weaning your baby off breast milk (2).

  • Your baby is now able to sit straight and hold his head straight.
  • Your baby had developed coordination of his hands, eyes, and mouth- he can now look at food, grab it, and try to eat it.
  • Your baby is able to swallow food- you will find that your baby doesn’t make a lot of mess and throw food out of his mouth when he tries to eat.

Considering Early Weaning 

If you’re trying to wean your baby early, whatever may be the reason, remember- it poses several health problems for your baby. Here are some important tips and tricks you may need to know.

Never ever try to add solid foods (like rice) to your baby’s milk bottle (3).

If your baby was born pre-term, and you try to wean him off early, he may have a risk of being affected by allergies, infections, and other complications, particularly eczema and asthma (4).

Check if there’s any allergy running in your family- especially before you start to introduce dairy products, eggs, gluten containing foods and fish.

Never try to start weaning your baby before the end of his 4th month (17 weeks).

Top 10 Healthy Baby Weaning Foods:

1. Fruits:

  • Fruits are a great way to get your baby to start on solid foods- they are packed with important nutrients that your baby will need now that he’s not getting breast milk anymore. What’s more, fruits are sweet in a good way- they’re packed with natural sugars that your baby will definitely love.
  • Apples are one of the best foods to get your baby started with- peel an apple and mash it, and feed it to your baby a few tablespoons at a time. If your baby likes it, you can slowly start introducing pears, mangoes and other fruits too!

2. Juices:

  • Fruits juices are another great weaning option for your baby- but do avoid using packaged fruit juices as they have artificial flavouring agents and chemical additives and preservatives that could be harmful for your little one.
  • Start your kid’s day with a small helping of fresh fruit juice!

3. Veggies:

  • From mashed potatoes to boiled carrots- veggies are an absolute must when it comes to weaning your baby off breast milk. Make sure you wash the veggies thoroughly, and choose organic veggies as opposed to the regular ones- they’re free from toxic chemicals and pesticides.

4. Soups:

  • Clear vegetable soups make for a complete meal for the baby. They’re basically water, which means your baby will be well hydrated, and also pack in the nutrition and ‘solid’ content from veggies.

5. Legumes:

  • Legumes are packed with proteins, which are yet another power-packed weaning option for kids. A small helping of mashed, boiled legumes, seasoned lightly can be given to your kid occasionally.

6. Water:

  • Surprised? Don’t be- now that your baby takes solid food, it’s time to introduce water too- to make sure your kid is well hydrated throughout the day. Water also helps detoxify your baby’s body and keeps his digestive system healthy.

7. Greens:

  • Green leafy vegetables are packed with iron and other mineral salts that your baby needs to keep his body functioning at the optimum level. You can boil green leafy veggies like spinach, pea leaves and others, mash them into a paste, season them lightly, and feed them to your kid every once in a few days.

8. Cooked Foods:

  • If you notice your baby’s taking his weaning period well, you can also start introducing him to cooked foods like daal and rice and other light rice dishes. It is best to consult a nutritionist or a paediatrician to make sure of which foods are okay to be included to your kid’s diet.

9. Eggs:

  • It’s best to rule out the risk of any allergic reactions before you start introducing your little one to eggs (3)Eggs are packed with proteins and important vitamins that ensure proper bone health of your kid. What’s best, they are amazingly versatile.

10. Animal Proteins:

  • Save this one for the last- animal proteins are good for your baby in many ways, but its best to check with your paediatrician before starting on this one for your tiny tot. If your paediatrician does give you a nod, make sure you opt for fresh cuts instead of processed, cured meats.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I introduce my baby to baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning may start around six months. It is when your baby can grasp food and bring it to their mouth. The aim is to let your baby choose various food options and feed them by themselves. Seat your baby on a high chair facing a table so that the hands and arms can move freely. Offer soft sticks and pieces of food such as cooked vegetables, soft foods including banana or avocado, and pasta (6).

2. What foods should weaning babies avoid?

Avoid food items that require chewing or that can be a choking hazard. They include hot dogs and meat sticks; nuts and seeds; chunks of meat, cheese, fruits, or peanut butter; whole grapes; popcorn; raw vegetables; and processed foods (3).

3. What are the three stages of weaning?

Weaning may be divided into three stages (7):

  • Stage one: Around 6 months where you can introduce solid foods in well-cooked or pureed forms
  • Stage two: 6 to 9 months, add more textures and tastes in the form of thicker purees and soft finger foods
  • Stage three: 9 to 12 months, include wider variety and start family food.

4. Do doctors recommend baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning is not much practiced in the US, whereas it is recommended in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand (8).

Weaning your baby becomes easier if you understand the right time and food to start the process. Although it is recommended to begin the process after six months, you may start introducing baby weaning food when they show signs of weaning. However, before beginning, you must know about the foods to avoid and include in your baby’s diet for their healthy growth and development. Remember, each baby is different, and the type of food they should consume may vary depending on their health and any underlying conditions. So consult a doctor before the transition to avoid any adverse reactions.

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