The aim is to get your baby accustomed to eating from a spoon and to allow them to practice using their lips to get food off the spoon and using their tongue to swallow. Food will run down their chin or be spat out, this does not necessarily mean you baby doesn’t like a particular food, it’s just part of the process until they improve coordination.
Breast Feeding or Bottle Feeding should continue as normal and should remain the primary source of fluid, nutrients and energy. No other drinks are necessary at this time.
Small amounts of puréed complimentary foods can be given once or twice a day after Breast or Bottle feeding in order to avoid disturbing fluid intake too soon. Once or twice a day will be enough to allow your baby to learn the necessary skills of eating and to begin to enjoy trying new tastes.
A purée is thick pulp made by blending the fruit or vegetables in a liquidiser or rubbing them through a sieve. Add breastmilk, formula milk, cooled boiled water or water from cooking vegetables to the purée to get the right consistency.
Be careful not to make too much of a game out of messy eating or you will accidentally teach your baby
how to get “Negative Attention”. Try not to react when things do get messy.
Act like its normal and no big deal, then they are unlikely to get distracted or pick up bad habits.
Suitable Transitional Foods
Puréed meat, peas and beans
Puréed fruit and vegetables
Gluten-free cereals such as baby rice
Puréed, and of a soft consistency without lumps.
Start with a thin purée and make thicker as baby learns to take food from a spoon.
Cool boiled water (if necessary)
Do not give
Don’t add Salt or Sugar to your baby’s food.
No Gluten-containing foods such as bread, pasta, wheat, rye, oats, barley and breakfast cereals, before 6 months of age.
No Cow’s milk or dairy produce such as; Yogurts, fromage frais, cheese, before 6 months of age.
Don’t give whole nuts or peanut-containing products at this stage.
No Eggs before 6 months of age.