Weaning your baby on to solid foods is a big step in your little one's life, and it should start when your baby is around 6 months old. If you’re unsure what foods to start the weaning process with, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 starter weaning foods for babies.
Discover below the best foods for weaning, to help the process go smoother for both you and your baby.
1. Mashed banana or banana chunks
The go-to, classic baby weaning food - bananas are rich in many nutrients, such as vitamins A, B6, B12 and folate, which are essential to your babies growth and development. Not only will they love the taste of this deliciously sweet fruit, but bananas are easy to digest and are good for your little one's heart. Mash bananas up or chop them into chunks for a more solid baby weaning food.
2. Carrot Puree
Soft cooked carrots are easy for babies to digest and, if you puree them, they’ll be a lot easier to eat. They’re also a great source of vitamins C and A, making them a healthy staple in most babies diets.
3. Toast fingers
Who doesn’t love toast? Babies on a weaning diet sure will! Cut a slice of toast up into three or four fingers, top with margarine or a spreadable cheese, and you’ve got the perfect baby weaning snack.
4. Plain rice cakes
Plain, unsalted rice cakes are a great snack for weaning on the go. If they’re too dry, add some hummus or spreadable cheese for an added taste your baby will love. You can even purchase mini rice cakes from most supermarkets, making them an ideal snack for your little ones.
5. Omelette strips
Omelettes are a tasty source of protein for young babies. You’ll find plenty of omelette baby weaning recipes online, but put simply, you’ll just need to whisk an egg and fry it in some vegetable oil - adding toppings such as spinach or broccoli as you wish. For the ultimate baby weaning recipe, chop the omelette into small strips so they can easily grab it and feed themselves.
6. Steamed broccoli
Rich in vitamin C, these tree-shaped veggies are ideal for a baby weaning diet due to their size and texture. Steaming broccoli is one of the healthiest ways to cook it, and it’ll be easy for your baby to pick up and hold.
Once your baby is used to fresh fruits and vegetables, you could introduce them to a little fish for some extra protein in their baby weaning diets. Cod is a great place to start, as it has a mild flavour and isn’t too chewy. You could even add it to a fish pie for a creamier, easier to digest meal for your baby.
8. Mashed Potato
Known as one of the best foods for weaning due to its texture and taste, your little ones will definitely love some mashed potato. Why not put it on a spoon and let your baby feed themselves if they’re old enough?
It could end up all over their face, and on the walls, but that’s all part of the weaning process! Take a look at our 10 tips for stress-free baby weaning - including dealing with the stress of mess!
9. Steamed baby sweetcorn
Baby sweetcorn is the perfect finger food making it great for a baby weaning diet. You could even chop it up if you prefer. Simply steam for a quick and nutritious snack for your baby.
10. Porridge with water.
Add one part oats to two parts water or milk, and you’ve got a simple but effective baby weaning recipe. You could even add some of your babies favourite chopped up fruits to complete the recipe and make a healthy breakfast.
Vitamins for babies
It’s important that babies from birth to 12 months are given supplements to support their vitamin D intake during the baby weaning stage. You can safeguard your babies diet with our Wellbaby vitamins range, specifically formulated with vitamins A, C, and D to ensure your baby gets a healthy start in life.