** Can offer ground proteins once baby is tolerating strained proteins well
At this stage as baby’s intake of solid food increases, their diet and variety of accepted foods should grow as well. At this point baby should be eating or getting exposure to any/all of the following:
- Fruits: avocado, apple, mango, pear, banana, apricot, mango, nectarine, peach, plum, prune, pumpkin, blueberry, cantaloupe, cherry, cranberry, fig, grapes, kiwi, papaya
- Vegetables: green peas, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot, parsnips, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, beets, sweet peppers, cauliflower, eggplant, potato
- Protein: black beans, chicken tofu, turkey, beef, fish, pork, egg
- Grains: barley, oats, rice, pasta, quinoa
- Dairy: Yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, other soft cheeses
Hopefully you and your baby are enjoying the progression to being healthy adventurous eaters. If your baby is progressing slowly with their feeding, give lots of time for them to adjust to these new textures, flavors and sensory experiences. Offer lots of praise and encouragement and introduce new foods when baby is hungry but in a good mood. Every baby is an individual and may progress at a different rate. However if your baby is not progressing, and meal times are stressful and difficult for you and your baby – this may indicate signs of a feeding disorder and may require the services of a feeding specialist. Here at Speech Therapy For All we are happy to be a resource should you have any questions and concerns about your little one.
Good luck expanding your food repertoire with your little one!