Baby’s First Foods

Introducing solid foods as your baby’s first foods can be both an exciting and daunting time. What foods do you start with? Here we go through some suggestions for foods to try first….

You may wish to start with single flavours first to get your baby used to the taste of a particular food. At the start of weaning it is more about getting your baby used to eating and exploring food, rather than getting them to eat a high quantity of food. They will still be getting most of their energy and nutrients from breastmilk or formula milk.

If you are using purees, you may wish to add in a little bit of your baby’s usual milk (breastmilk or formula) so it tastes slightly familiar and to help loosen any purees.

For finger foods, those that can be cut into pieces that are big enough for your baby to hold in their fist and stick out of the top of it are best.  Pieces about the size of your own finger work well.


1. Bitter veggies!

For example, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. These are great first foods – research shows offering these foods at the beginning of weaning can increase the likelihood that your baby will develop a liking for these healthy foods now and in the future. See previous post about veg-first weaning! Cook until nice and tender and blend into a puree or offer as a finger food.

After 6 months babies can be introduced to full-fat dairy foods (e.g. cheese, yogurt), foods containing wheat (e.g. bread, pasta, noodles, wheat-based cereals) and varied sources of protein (e.g. egg, meats, poultry, fish, beans, lentils).


2. Cereal

Add your baby’s usual milk to wheat biscuit (e.g. Weetabix) or try a baby porridge.


3. Toast fingers

This is a great one to introduce nuts (a common food allergen) to your baby as a thin layer of nut butter (choose no added salt and sugar versions) goes perfectly on toast. New research shows that early introduction to common food allergens can reduce the likelihood of your baby developing a food allergy.


4. Plain yogurt

This is often a firm favourite with little eaters. Greek-style yogurt is lovely and creamy and you don’t need to add anything to sweeten it.


5. Egg

Scrambled or boiled egg quarters. Egg is another common food allergen, so a great one to introduce early on.


6. Avocado

Mashed or sliced, this is a fantastic nutrient-rich food. Avocado mixed with banana is a popular combo!


7. Fish

This is a really versatile food, its soft texture is great for little gums. Can be offered as pieces, flaked, mashed or pureed. Make sure you check for any bones before offering it to your baby. Again, this is a common food allergen so a good one to introduce early!

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