Try using a baby food mill or masher instead of blending your baby's meal to a smooth puree. If feeding your baby lumpier meals isn't going smoothly and your heart skips a beat everytime they gag or choke on another spoonful, go back to pureeing your baby's meal and try a lumpy version again in a couple of days time.
As your baby becomes hungrier you can add snacks and even desserts to their 3-meals-a-day diet. Snacks and desserts are a great way for your baby to experiment with new foods and you can use them to add more dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables to your baby's day. And if your baby's teething they'll love our banana yogurt pops to help cool their gums.
Some babies will naturally eat more or less than others and you should never force feed your baby, but there's no harm in offering extra snacks and desserts incase they're having a hungry day.
This is the perfect stage in your child's development for them to experiment with different textures of food, tastes, colour. Of course, all babies progress at different stages so don't feel down-hearted if your little one takes longer to eat the lumps and bumps. They'll soon get the hang of it!
Click to download, print and keep your meal planner - it'll look great on the fridge!
All of the recipes in the meal planner above can be found in our baby food recipes collection including apple sauce, banana porridge, turkey puree, jacket potato ideas and more.
Other recipes featured in the meal plan:
- Annabel Karmel's chicken apple balls
- Chicken in broth (take out the noodles if preferred)
- Scrambled eggs with toast fingers
- Annabel Karmel's haddock and spinach pasta bake
- Annabel Karmel’s pasta shells with salmon and broccoli
Important: Offer water with every meal and throughout the day. Each day contains at least 3 portions each of carbohydrates, fruit and veg, 2 portions of protein and some dairy. Morning and evening milk feeds are not included on this planner but should still be offered. This meal plan has no measurements as it varies baby to baby. Feed according to your baby's needs and cues.
Every baby is different and this meal planner should only be used as a guide. Always go at your baby's pace and never force feed them. If you're worried about your baby's weight or have any questions, ask your health visitor.
Teaching your baby to chewDuring this stage in your child's development it's important to encourage and teach them how to chew properly. Baby-safe objects such as chewing toys, teething rings etc. are a great way to encourage this, especially when your little one starts teething - they'll naturally want to bite.
Another way to encourage the chewing notion is to play face games to build up their jaw muscles. Get them smiling and pulling funny faces to work their jaw muscles. Opening and closing their mouths is a great way of doing this.