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First Foods

Having solid food for the first time is such a big step for your baby so you need to choose a good time of day to approach this momentous event! Ideally it should be in between feeds so they are not too hungry and not too full and the same applies to naps, so choose a time where they are not tired. 

blw day 1 - broccoli

When starting out at 6 months babies mostly hold items with their whole hand in a clenched fist. Food needs to be chunky enough for them to hold that will not fall apart in their fist but also not too hard - a fine balance! 

Ideal first foods include:
Steamed broccoli 
Steamed cauliflower
Steamed carrot batons
Cucumber sticks
Avocado wedges
Steamed Apple wedges
Sweet potato wedges
Toast fingers
Rigatoni pasta tubes
French toast fingers
Porridge fingers
Vegetable fritters cut into fingers
Long strips of meat

You may see my love of steamed veggies. It really is worth having a steamer as steaming vegetables keeps all the vitamins and minerals in opposed to boiling or microwaving. Also steaming vegetables ensures they are perfectly cooked and flavourful. 

blw day 5 - chicken and green beans

So these are all good starting points but there are some foods that you should avoid. 

No honey for children under 12 months
Undercooked eggs

The Department of Health in the UK recommends that children under 1 have no more than 1 gram of salt a day. So considering the average slice of bread has 0.4g of salt per slice it soon adds up! Obviously fast food, processed meals, jars and tins usually have high salt contents so shouldn't be offered to your baby. My bug bear is the amount of salt in cheese! Once you start looking at nutritional labels you will be shocked by what you find in some of our most loved foods. 

Also keep an eye out on sugar content. Sugar does not contain any nutritional value at all so really does not need to be offered to your baby. It will only make things harder in the long run! Use naturally occurring sweet fruits and avoid refined sugar. 

blw day 9 - avocado

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