When your baby is about six months old, it’s time to consider introducing some solid food into her diet. If your baby can sit up unsupported, can hold her head in a steady position, picks up food and puts it in her own mouth, and can swallow the food that you allow her to try, these are all signs your baby is ready to start taste-testing!
Baby led weaning is all about closely observing your baby as she makes some of her first conscious decisions. You provide a healthy, balanced mix of finger foods for her to try, and let your baby determine how much food she needs to fill her belly. Usually in the first few weeks, not much food will actually make it into your baby’s belly! She’ll enjoy poking, prodding, and slobbering on the finger food that you give her, but won’t actually be coordinated enough to ‘eat’ properly, for at least a few weeks, if not a month or two. Breast milk or formula should continue to make up the majority of your baby’s food intake, with food being an additional supplement for now.
Below is a list of great baby appropriate foods to try:
• Steamed carrot
• Steamed broccoli
• Steamed Asparagus
• Peas and sweetcorn
• Your dinner (minus the salt)
• Pasta and sauce
All the foods listed above are soft, and perfect for gumming! They’re also size appropriate for little ones to munch on. You’ll likely find that feeding your baby is so much fun, not only for you, but for her also! Watching the many and varied expressions that come across your baby’s face as she trials new foods, is a priceless experience, and will create beautiful memories that will stay with you for a long time to come.
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