Soon, solids will become a familiar part of your baby’s routine – you might even find happy arms waving in the air anticipating what is to come when your baby is popped in their highchair! To help build a confident eater, it is a good idea to give your little one a wider variety of foods, tastes and textures. All of a sudden, planning what goes on your baby’s menu is a lot more interesting – and fun.
From six months on, you can move on to Heinz yellow colour coded age stage products. These are designed to give your baby age appropriate nutrients, textures and quantities. There is also a good selection of tastes and textures to open them up to a new world of food, such as Heinz lamb & vegetables with ricotta and Heinz apple and blueberry muesli.
When baby is 8 months old the Heinz green colour coded age stage products can be introduced. These continue to offer more variety and texture.
Also once your baby is around 8 months old, you can start to introduce soft finger foods. Finger foods help to give your baby – and you for that matter – a bit more independence at meal times and also really help your little one to develop their hand/eye coordination skills.
Some easy and nutritious finger foods to try include:
- Sliced cooked egg – just remember to make sure the egg is well cooked and firm
- Soft cooked pieces of veggies such as sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli or carrot
- Slices of soft, ripe fruit like banana, mango or nectarine (without skin or seeds)
- Soft cooked slices of apple or pear
- Small, well cooked pieces of meat such as little slices from your family roast
- Cooked pasta and noodles
- Small pieces of cheese
- Small cubes of bread, toast fingers – wholemeal is bestFrom 10 months Heinz Nutrios - a puffed wholegrain snack
- From 10 months Heinz Organic Rice Cakes
Some finger foods are easier for little ones to choke on and should not be given to children before 3 years of age, including:
- Hard raw pieces of fruit and vegetables
- Whole cherry tomatoes or gapes – cut into halves or quarters
- Whole Nuts
- Rounds of cooked meat such as sausages – cut lengthwise
- Lollies (hard or soft – including marshmallows)
Other foods which your baby can’t easily chew or swallow. Cutting food into strips the size of your little finger helps minimize the chance of choking, just make sure you don’t give them big chunks.
Most of all, never leave your baby alone while they are eating – always stay close by and keep an eye on them.