I clearly remember my eldest baby starting solids. The first spoonful was captured on camera, as my ever independent little boy grabbed hold of the spoon to feed himself – as if to say, “what took you so long Mum?”!
I took great pride and interest in introducing solids to my babies. I spent hours sourcing organic foods and cooking them “just right” to ensure they maintained as much nutrients as possible. I have two distinct memories of this in particular. One is the glorious smell of baked peaches (which quite honestly I haven’t done again since they were babies); the other was the day I decided to introduce peas to my baby. I sourced organic pea pods and then spent hours (seriously, hours) opening pods and peeling each individual pea, steaming them, mashing them, and then pushing them painstakingly through a strainer to ensure there was no chance at all that he could choke on any skin. Surprisingly, my son was appreciative of the efforts which somehow made the hours seem worthwhile!
Ensuring I was providing nutritious solid food to my baby was top of my list of priorities. So much so that when we traveled to Bali for a two week holiday, I spent countless hours trying to source healthy shelf stable food on the internet to take with me. At the time, there weren’t a lot of options on the supermarket shelf.
When Heinz approached me to try their range of baby food, reassuring me that it was full of just the good stuff, I was happy to see more wholesome and high quality baby foods being made readily available to Aussie parents, and I wanted to share their product information with you.
As a new mum, I quickly realised that whilst preparing homemade meals is the best option for your baby, it can be a time consuming (and sometimes expensive) task. Having a brand of baby food that you can trust to not contain any nasties, can be a welcome supplement to your home cooked meals. Having an emergency shelf-stable pouch of food in my nappy bag (or handbag!) when out and about saved me (and my child!) from having a meltdown on multiple occasions ;)!
If you’re about to introduce solids to your baby, here are a few tips to help get you on your way:
How to tell if your baby is ready for solids:
- Shows a keen interest in food on your plate/fork
- Reaches to try and grab your food when you’re eating
- Has good head/neck control and can sit upright when supported
- Opens mouth to receive food
- Start by introducing solid foods after breast or formula feeding
- Begin with 1-2 teaspoons and increase as they become more familiar and comfortable
Avoid adding salt and/or sugar to your baby’s food. It’ll mess with their delicate palate and can result in them needing these to make food tasty.