Today’s mums are no longer bound to a set sequence of “must do” foods.
Provided the food you offer is the right texture, enjoy introducing a wide range taste experiences to your little one.
Purees are still one of the best ways to start solids. But moving texture on to mash and lumpy is important for developing baby’s jaw muscles in readiness for speech and the challenges of family food.
Australian guidelines stress the importance of high iron first foods to replenish baby’s iron stores. Along with fortified cereal, lean beef and lamb are important iron-rich first foods.
Tip: cook an extra steak or chop at dinner and blend smooth with cooking water and/or vegetables left over from your meal.
Rich in healthy fats and a source of energy for growing babies, the creamy texture and subtle flavour of avocado makes it a great first food.
Tip: Avocado combines well with fruits and veggies to make them more nourishing
Whole milk natural or plain Greek yoghurt is an ideal protein rich first food.
Tip: combine with first vegetables, fruits or meats to for a creamy calcium rich meal.
Rich in important vitamins and minerals brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats are nutritious first foods
Tip: cook soft and blend serving with other fruit or veggie purees
Dried peas and beans are a source of vegetable protein, iron and zinc, all important nutrients for growing babies.
Tip: cook red lentils with onion and a little garlic, blending smooth for a flavoursome puree on its own or combined with other veggies.
In a perfect package with no cooking necessary, a ripe banana is an ideal on-the-go food.
Tip: mash well with a little milk or yoghurt to get the right texture for your little one
Babies naturally prefer sweet foods and the silky smooth texture of pureed pumpkin makes it a popular first vegetable.
Tip: roast pumpkin, regular potato and sweet potato for a flavour-rich root veggie puree.
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