Introducing bub to food for the first time is such a huge milestone for both parent and baby – it’s an exciting time! It means that your little one is growing up, and with a fuller stomach they’re probably about to sleep for longer too (huge bonus)!
Of course, this is quite a big change to what bub is used to and can take time. Some babies will attempt to down anything you put in front of them and others tend to be pickier, choosing only the sweeter tasting foods.
Naturally, you want bub’s first solid meal to be as nutritional as possible, so we’ve compiled a few of the age-old tips below to help you out.
Sweet yet nutritional
As mentioned earlier, babies tend to lean towards sweeter foods when they’re first starting on solids. A good way to make sure that they’re getting the nutrients they need and enjoying their food is to mix sweeter veggies with the other less tasty ones (broccoli, we’re looking at you). Pumpkin is your best friend here! This vegetable can be blended with others yet still retain its sweet flavour. An age-old favourite is blended peas and pumpkin – perfect for upping the nutritional value and keeping baby’s taste buds happy at the same time!
With nutrition and sweet foods in mind, mashed up fruit is also a favourite. A ripe banana is a common go-to, given its softness and mellow flavour. Another favourite for the modern parent is mashed up avocado! Again, it’s super soft and the flavour isn’t too overwhelming for new and developing taste buds.
Solids as baby grows up
As bub continues to grow, their appetite will too! Once their teeth have started coming through, they’ll be ready to use them. Soft foods are still great, as they’ll have sensitive gums and only a few teeth. One of the old favourites is rice, fish and a variety of steamed veggies blended together.
Of course, every baby is different, and it will take some time to find the flavours that they like. Don’t be hard on yourself up if they aren’t taking to the foods you’re offering. It will take patience, perseverance and a little creativity to figure out what works for your family.
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