First foods for baby

First finger foods

  • Veg: Steam or roast these in easy to pick up pieces (think chips). Try carrot, potato, sweet potato, beetroot, squash, courgette, broccoli, etc.
  • Fruits: Soft fruits are best while your little one is still without teeth. Raw is fine as long as they are ripe enough to easily 'gum' rather than chew! Try banana, avocado, mango, pear, peaches, papaya, melon, all kinds of berries, etc.
  • Grains: Cooked pasta, rice, lentils, quinoa, pearled spelt
  • Dairy: Natural yogurt, cheeses (avoiding soft/unripened cheeses and keeping an eye on salt)
  • Hard boiled egg (fully cooked if your child is less than 1 year old)
  • Toast fingers (keep an eye on salt and sugar when buying bread)
  • Steamed fish (ensure bones are fully removed and avoid certain fish)
  • Tender, stewed meats like chicken, beef, pork and lamb (ensure all bones and gristle are removed)

Learning to chew

Once baby has teeth and has become more adept at manipulating food in their mouth, you can become a bit more adventurous. Try these foods, which also tend to help with their fine motor skills:

  • Grapes, cut into quarters
  • Apple slices
  • Tomatoes (cherry or grape tomatoes should be cut into quarters)
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Breakfast cereal (low sugar/salt)
  • Meats, tender but can include large bone, e.g. pork and lamb chops, chicken on the bone

Remember that there are some foods to avoid with children under one year old

Here's a handy infographic you can print and stick on the fridge as a reminder!

Click for the full, expanded version! [INFOGRAPHIC: Magic Foods for Baby Led Weaning]

Click for the full, expanded version! [INFOGRAPHIC: Magic Foods for Baby Led Weaning]

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