At Knuma, we think weaning your baby onto solids is a big and exciting step for mum, dad and baby. You’ll soon get to know what they like to eat and you might get a few new creations for the grown-up menu!
Breast and bottle milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs for the first few months so most parents start weaning (or complimentary feeding) at about six months. The NHS says there are three clear signs you’ll see all together that baby is ready to try solids:
- They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady
- They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves
- They can swallow food – Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.
Getting the basics right
One of the first things you’ll discover is just how messy solids can be! Sweet potato puree in the hair, clothes, chair and floor is not easy to clean up, but a good highchair can make a real difference. The Knuma Connect 4-in-1 Highchair is made from stylish beech wood, so not only is it stable for wriggling babies, it’s hardwearing to withstand lots of cleaning.
The Knuma Connect tray is coated in Melamine and is completely flat for easy cleaning in seconds. The machine washable seat cushion is also designed to be hygienic, with no unnecessary creases to trap foodin and a five-point harness that goes over the shoulders and between the legs to keep wriggling to a minimum. What’s more, being a 4-in-1 highchair, Knuma Connect grows with your baby from a full-height highchair to a child’s chair and table, so it rivals other baby furniture like the Stokke Tripp Trapp and the Micuna Ovo and various othersÂ for versatility and longevity.
What will you try first
The good news is, weaning can be much more exciting than baby cereal! By keeping the menu
focused on nutrient-rich foods, you’ll be serving up brightly coloured, naturally tastyÂ foods. And as you both get more adventurous, it’s amazing what herbs and spices you can add, rather than salts and refined sugars.
First foods (you can add a little breast milk or formula to make any of these easier for young babies to eat)
Sweet potato – babies love their natural sweetness and they’re packed with vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Simply peel, cook and mash the sweet potato into a smooth puree.
Avocado – rich in unsaturated fat, avocados are great for baby’s brain development. They can be filling so peel and puree them as a side dish.
Banana – babies need carbs to keep their energy levels up and fibre for digestion -Â and ripe, thoroughly mashed bananas are pack full of both.
Although you’re only introducing solids gradually, your baby can become constipated. So keep them well hydrated with water and fruit purees and try making a diluted prune juice.
As your baby’s system gets more used to solids, you can try a whole variety of interesting and tasty baby foods like blueberries, pear, mandarins, butternut squash, lentils, greens, broccoli, meat, carrots, tomatoes and peas. Try these baby recipes:
- Annabel Karmel’s blueberry, pear and banana puree
- Butternut squash risotto for parents and baby
- Lentils with Carrots & Brown Rice, Apples & Pork Lentils and many more lentil recipes
- Super quick courgette, pea and kale puree
- Jamie Oliver’s potato, apple and chicken
- Annabel Karmel’s tomato sauce, butternut squash and red lentils
For older babies aged 10 months plus, try these baby food recipes:
- Minced lamb and pasta
- Heinz’s Shepherd’s pie and peas
- Fish and spinach bake
- Annabel Karmel’s Lovely Rice Pudding