Once solids is a familiar part of your baby’s nutrition it’s time to start introducing new foods, flavours, and textures to encourage your baby’s development. From six or seven months you can also move on to Wattie’s stage two foods. You can choose anything with a red label from the colour coded baby food range, or a dessert option with a yellow label. These are designed to give your baby the right nutrients, in the right quantity, for their age. There’s also a good selection of tastes and textures to keep them interested. If your baby is happily taking solids you can also think about finger foods. This will give them a bit more independence at meal times and really help them to develop their hand eye coordination skills.
Here are a few foods to try:
- Sliced cooked egg – the white and yolk should both be firm and well cooked
- Soft cooked pieces of veges. Try kumara, green beans, cauliflower or broccoli
- Slices of soft, ripe fruit like banana, mango or nectarine (without skin or seeds)
- Small, well cooked pieces of meat – you can cut slices off the family roast
- Cooked pasta and noodles
- Cheese, yoghurt, cottage cheese
- Wattie’s and Farex Stage 2 baby cereals
- Crackers, bread (white or wholemeal)
- Toast fingers, rusks, porridge (oats)
- Wattie’s Baby Foods with the red labels
- Wattie’s Baby Foods desserts with the yellow labels
Choking hazards and foods to watch out for:
- Hard lollies
- Chunks of sausage
- Other big chunks of food which baby cannot easily chew and swallow. Cutting foods into strips the size of your little finger you will minimize the chance of choking. Don’t give them big chunks.
Remember never to leave your baby alone while they're eating – always stay close by and keep an eye on them.