30 Baby's First Foods & Weaning Tips for Starting on Solids

30 Baby's First Foods & Weaning Tips for Starting on Solids

When your baby is ready to start on solids, it’s time to introduce different types of first foods for his new adventure! With breastmilk or formula milk as his/her main diet for the first 6 months, the weaning journey is a milestone for your child’s exploration and self-discovery too. Textures, colours, flavours and tastes are just some of the new sensorial experiences that await. In addition, starting on solids means obtaining nutrition from food.

Read on for some of the best first foods to start for your baby! Pick up tips on how to prepare baby-friendly foods to make it safe and manageable for bubba too!

How do you introduce solids to your baby for the first time?

Should you offer a variety of food or just one food at a time? Here are some tips on how to start your baby on solids:

  •       Traditional weaning (spoon-feeding) or Baby-led weaning (BLW) or a mix?

Spoon feeding makes it easy to offer purees, mashed food, soups and porridge. It’s also easier for parents to manage feeding and expect less mess. These days, baby-led weaning (BLW) as coined by Gill Rapley, is gaining popularity as it allows babies to self-feed and be in control with decision making, as they explore new tastes and textures. This new alternative feeding method may involve more mess – expect food to be all over from the floor to your child’s hair. Some parents do a mix of both methods – there’s no single best way to feed a child. Safety is paramount; always ensure adult supervision when your child is eating.

 

  •       Start slowly and be patient

Eating “real food” is a new idea and routine to your child, so it helps to be patient. Talk to your baby and introduce simple words like “yummy” or “food” at the table. Make sure he is sitting upright on a baby chair. Start with introducing one meal a day and gradually work it up to 3 meals a day with the family at mealtimes. At the beginning, solids can be offered 1 hour after his milk feed. Your child will only take small mouthfuls too, so don’t fret about him not having a full meal. Kids under a year old rely on milk for their daily vitamin and minerals.

 

  •       Offer the same food for 3 days and monitor

This helps to identify any food allergies while getting your child familiar with the new food’s taste, texture, and flavour.

 

  •       Try offering food in different forms

Just like how some adults like fresh tomatoes but dislike tomato juice, offering different forms of the same food lets your child discover preferences. After all, the gastronomy chapter is a sensory adventure. This trial-and-error method allows you to know if baby prefers pureed food, steamed, or mashed food too.

 

  •       If baby rejects the new food, try again

Bananas were okay last week, but not okay today? This happens and it’s common amongst babies and young kids. Don’t take food rejection to heart, mums and dads! Just try again another day and time. It’s all about experimenting and trying too.

 

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Guide to the best first foods to start your baby on

Not sure what food to prepare for your bub? It doesn’t need to be complicated. Fresh wholesome baby-friendly ingredients can be ordered online from our wet markets too. Here’s a list of 30 healthy and nutritious foods for babies to try!

1) Avocadoes

2) Fortified Rice Cereal

3) Sweet Potato

4) Bananas

5) Apples

6) Pumpkin/Butternut Squash

7) Oatmeal

8) Zucchini

9) Plums

10) Peas

11) Broccoli

12) Cauliflower

13) Spinach

14) Prunes

15) Quinoa

16) Potatoes

17) ChickenWhen ordering fresh chicken delivery via TADA Fresh Market, you can choose the chicken parts and if you prefer for the skin and bones to be removed too.

18) Pork

19) FishEasy guide on how to cook fish for baby and what type of fish parents in Singapore are feeding their kids! When buying fresh fish online, TADA Fresh Market gives you the option to request for baby fish cuts to make it easy for cooking.

20) Beef

21) Rice or porridge

22) Carrots

23) White Radish

24) Celery

25) Watermelons

26) Tomatoes

27) White Dragonfruit

28) Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms

29) Tofu

30) Papaya

How to prepare food for baby: make it safe

When it comes to cooking methods or ways to prepare food for babies, consider mashed, pureed, steamed, baked, grilled or cooked with soup. Skip the salt for babies – avoid letting your child’s body overwork on that and at the same time, your little one gets to enjoy the natural flavours of fresh ingredients.

Looking for baby noodles for babies to try? Check out these Bib Gourmet Organic Quinoa, Kale Flax Seed & Chia Seed Baby Noodles with zero preservatives, MSG, artificial flavours, colours or additives. There are also gluten-free noodles for babies too – First Bite Organic Baby Rice Noodle (Gluten Free) - Yam Root makes a quick nutritious meal and is free of artificial colours, flavours or additives and preservatives. Add them to some nutritious homemade soups that are comforting and yummy!

When offering hard fruits like apples and pears, steam to soften. Mash to feed with a spoon if preferred or let baby self-feed. For avocados and bananas, leave skin on for better grip during BLW. For smaller fruits like blueberries and grapes, cut them into smaller pieces to avoid choking.

Are there any known food allergies within the family and extended family? If so, introduce these allergenic foods when your child is older, or when your paediatrician gives the green light. Food allergies can trigger mild symptoms like rashes to more severe ones like breathing difficulties. If you suspect that your child has a food allergy, stop introducing the food and monitor his condition.

TADA Fresh Market makes it easy for busy parents to order groceries online and wait for your fresh meat, vegetables, seafood and fish delivery at home.