Weaning cooking tips
- Don’t add salt or sugar to recipes. It’s also best to avoid honey before 12 months, and use sparingly after that.
- Fruit and veg are great first foods, and encourage healthy food preferences in later life. Give them a wash before letting baby snack on them.
- Try not to mask challenging flavours with easier ones. Let your baby enjoy the real taste of veggies without the sweetness of fruit, or they may find them difficult to accept later on – so for example, don’t mix broccoli with apple purée.
- Offer two courses – a savoury and sweet course (fruit) – to encourage baby to try a wide range of tastes and textures. Two courses means plenty of variety, and makes meals more interesting.
- Babies can eat eggs after 6 months, but they should be cooked until the white and yolk are solid.
- Stick with full-fat dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt for under-twos rather than reduced or lite versions.
- Cook in bulk but freeze small portions in containers or ice cube trays: your baby won’t need or want to eat much to begin with, so smaller portions helps avoid waste.