Getting those lumps just right: the next stage of introducing solids

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Once your baby is happy taking solids from a spoon, they’re ready for the next stage of their adventure into the culinary world. Now you can start introducing lumps and more interesting mashed textures to their food. While ages do vary, it’s likely your baby will be ready for soft lumps from seven months onwards.

Getting those Lumps Just Right

Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

Soft lumps – try for small and soft lumps in a thick puree. Harder lumps, like whole peas in a sauce, will be too much for them. They’ll struggle to separate them while eating and run the risk of choking.


Mash it – try fork mashing a banana into small pieces. That’s about the texture you should be aiming for with their new menu. 


Jaw development - These soft lumps and mashes are important as they learn to chew, it encourages tongue flexibility and movement. 


Gumming it - most babies can still learn to chew soft lumps with just their gums. Don’t worry if their teeth haven’t come in yet.


Getting to know food - experience with new textures now might make them less likely to reject lumpy food later on.

A few fun lumpy foods to try:

  • Mashed banana
  • Mashed ripe avocado
  • Rice pudding
  • Very finely flaked fish in sauce - be careful you’ve removed any bones
  • Minced chicken and kumara
  • Small pasta pieces in cheese sauce
  • Cooked mashed egg – like you have in an egg sandwich
  • Lentil dhal or lentil casserole, but make sure there are no hard solid lumps like peas in there!
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Antoinette's Comment

On the baby feeding charts it says they can start having yogurt. What is the best yogurt to start with, as I haven't seen any baby ones. (There use to be baby yogurts when I had my first, 7 years ago).

Reply from The ForBaby Team.

Hi Antoinette,

Thanks for your query. Babies can have dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese etc. from the age of 7 months. Children under the age of two should eat full fat dairy products, so avoid low fat, diet or ‘lite’ options at this stage. Natural unsweetened yoghurt has quite an adult flavour and some children may not be so keen on it, try adding some fresh or stewed fruit or berries to increase acceptability. There is no need for special ‘baby’ yoghurts, although these tend to be smooth and have quite a bland flavour. Some yoghurts are labelled as suitable for 1 year +, this is due to the requirements of the food standards code. There appears to be no reason why these products would not be suitable for infants from 7 months + who can eat other dairy products such as cheese etc. We hope this helps?

Thanks,
The ForBaby Team

Antoinette's Comment

Thank you! That does help :)

Catherine's Comment

I started my son on solids at 4 months. How do I know when he's ready to try some stage 2 foods?

Reply from The ForBaby team

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for getting in contact with our team. From around 6-7 months your son will be ready for stage 2 foods. At this stage he may be starting to chew & bite and may have teeth- although he doesn’t need teeth to eat soft lumpy food as their gums are hard and they can ‘munch’ soft lumps. Introducing thicker purees, small soft lumps and mashed foods are important to assist with normal chewing, swallowing and speech development. If you have further questions and would like to discuss with a health professional further you can call our Careline on 0800 933 922.

Thanks,
The ForBaby team.