Often referred to as the first stage, baby is given a variety of tastes with a smooth pureed texture. Try offering different vegetable or fruit purees, or serve some smooth purees from meats, poultry or pulses like peas, lentils and beans. Over time, you can begin to offer these foods as thicker purees and then progress to a more mashed texture.
Some examples of pureed solids that you can offer:
- Vegetables: butternut squash, potato, sweet potato, turnip, yam, zucchini, yellow squash
- Fruits: pear, banana, cooked apple, avocado, mango, ripe strawberries, ripe peaches
- Meats/Pulses: turkey, chicken, lentils, peas, beans
- Cereals: maize, couscous, rice, baby rice or baby oatmeal cereals, pureed cooked barley, cornmeal
Go as slow as you like, offering each new food one at a time if you prefer. Use breast milk, formula and/or water to any of the above foods to help form a smooth puree (after 6 months of age, you can mix small amounts of whole cow’s milk into the foods). Stewing, steaming, boiling and oven baking are all great ways to help soften or puree foods. And if you need to, use a hand held blender to create purees in an instant! Sweeter tasting vegetables such as sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots and parsnips tend to be especially liked by babies at this stage. Aim to give a variety of foods to get baby used to a range of different flavors and tastes!