What foods make the best baby purees when you start weaning, and what equipment do you need to get started?
General health advice is to start introducing solids gradually, alongside your baby’s milk feeds, from six months. At this point, the word ‘solid’ is used rather loosely to mean completed mashed up simple foods that your baby will find easy to swallow. Bear in mind that until now, your baby’s only food has been in liquid form, so any lumps will be an unpleasant surprise!
However, once your baby is eating these purees happily, do start to move on to foods with a few lumps (gradually allowing more texture as you go) as you child will need to be eating a more varied diet by the age of one for nutritional reasons. Plus lumpy foods encourage chewing and this can help with vital speech development.
As for any General going into battle, your supplies are key. Arm yourself with this little lot before attempting weaning:
Annabel Karmel has written many books about feeding babies and toddlers as well as creating many inspiring recipes that the whole family can enjoy making and eating together.
Remember to offer your baby foods you don’t like – your baby might enjoy them, even if you don’t!
Maggie Fisher, health visitor
“We introduced one food at a time every few days. This way any unusual reactions could be traced back to one food. At first we were just offering a single fruit or vegetable, and nothing too exotic. I wouldn’t have done this usually, but on my husband’s side, there is a family history of allergies”
Bella, 25, mum to Lily, 6 months
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