Breast milk is typically quite sweet so babies are often used to sweeter flavours. Try mashing or lightly boiling certain fruit and vegetables such as parsnip, potato, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear.
Keep the foods as natural as possible and avoid adding sugar or salt.
Pureed and mashed foods can be a great way to start the process but try not to get stuck on them too much – you want to get your little one used to a variety of textures and flavours from a young age.
After pureed foods, move onto soft finger foods such as bananas, boiled carrots, sweet potato or avocado. Pieces about the shape and size of your finger will work best because it will be easier for them to hold it.
After finger foods you can begin to introduce a wider variety such as pasta, noodles, toast, lentils, rice, hard boiled eggs and yoghurts – again, remember to choose foods with low or no added sugar.
At around 8 to 9 months, the NHS recommends that your baby will begin to eat 3 meals a day.
We can’t promise how much of that will go into their mouth, as opposed to on the floor, but we’re sure you’ll have lots of fun in the process!
Once your baby is at this stage, make sure to give them a good mix of healthy carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and protein, as well as milk and dairy products.
All in all, it’s important to remember that weaning is a process that can take months, so don’t expect your baby to be going from breast milk to a Sunday Roast within the first week - although if you blended up the veg enough you could be onto something!
Information taken from the NHS