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Weaning Advice

Super-Veg for Babies: 6 Great First Foods to Wean Your Baby

10 min read

It’s always exciting when your little foodie approaches the weaning age, thinking about all of the exciting tastes and textures they get to experience!

Those first few tastes are super important, as they are the first steps on a lifetime journey with food! Your baby’s first weaning foods should be exciting and nutritious, which makes vegetables a great choice.

Our Favourite First Weaning Foods

Vegetables are an excellent option for your baby’s first foods. By starting with their greens, they will be encouraged to enjoy more savoury foods, which stops them from getting too much of a taste for sweet flavours.

There are so many vegetable options for little ones, but which are particularly great for the first stage? Here are some of our favourites:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Peas
  3. Butternut Squash
  4. Sweet Potatoes
  5. Quinoa
  6. Carrots

Of course, there are many other fantastic veggies for your little one! The most important thing at the start is that they get plenty of variety, so explore the world of vegetables to find some new favourites!

The nutritional needs of babies from six to 12 months

Babease Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can give to your little one as it contains nearly everything they need in terms of nutrition. The classic green veggie is full of vitamin A and C and also contains essential minerals like iron and zinc.

Broccoli for Baby-Led Weaning

Broccoli is in many ways the perfect first weaning food, especially for baby-led weaning! A small floret is perfectly sized for little hands to hold and explore through all their senses.

For the start of weaning, make sure the floret is big enough for them to hold. If boiling or steaming, make sure it’s not too soft that it will fall apart when squished. Often, steaming for six or seven minutes will do the trick!

Babease Peas

Peas

Small but mighty, just like your little one!
 
These little greens are full of vitamins A, B6, C and K, along with minerals like iron and magnesium – similar to broccoli. However, peas are also packed with proteins and fibre. They’re also one of the simplest veggies to puree, perfect for the start of the weaning journey!

Peas for Babies

You should always be careful when trying to serve small fruit or veg to your little one, as it can be a potential choking hazard. For peas, always cut or squish them before serving.

For the start of weaning, pea puree is a hugely popular choice, offering a tasty treat full of goodness. For our puree, we’ve added brussels sprouts and a touch of mint for an exciting twist on the weaning classic!

Brussels sprout and pea puree Babease weaning recipe

Babease Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a great vegetable for the start of the weaning journey. Not only is it super nutritious, but it’s easy to puree and is also sweet, which will please your little one’s tastebuds.
 
Similar to peas, butternut squash is full of fibre, magnesium and vitamin C. It also contains beta-carotene, which can support the immune system.

Butternut Squash for Babies

Butternut squash is a favourite during the first stage of weaning and throughout because its tastes and textures are so versatile! Different preparation methods and recipes mean this nutritious veggie has so much potential.

At the start of weaning, butternut squash is popular mashed. As your little one gets more used to textures, you can leave bigger lumps for them to explore.

Butternut squash and chickpea mash Babease baby weaning recipe

Babease Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Incredibly versatile and packed with goodness, sweet potatoes are one of the best vegetables around for babies and parents alike! These super spuds are full of fibre and carbohydrates, along with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene.

Sweet potatoes are also super versatile! They can be pureed for the start of the weaning journey, then mashed and roasted as your little one begins to try new textures.

Sweet Potato for Babies

Sweet potato is always a popular weaning choice because it’s loved by the whole family!

One of our favourite healthy baby food recipes is our sweet potato and red pepper muffins. A healthy treat for little ones and big kids alike, it’s a great way to allow your baby to explore their food during baby-led weaning.

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Muffins Babease weaning recipe

Babease Quinoa

Quinoa

While you may think of quinoa as a grain, like rice, did you know it’s actually part of the same family as spinach? We just eat the seeds of the plant!
 
Quinoa is a great addition to your little one’s diet. A superfood, it is packed with nutrients including a range of proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is also full of fibre and antioxidants!
 
At the beginning of your weaning journey, you can boil quinoa and turn it into a puree for your little one to try. You can also include it with other vegetables for a more exciting taste.

Quinoa for Six-Month-Old Baby

Quinoa is a wonderful food for the start of weaning, particularly when added to other tasty veggies as a puree or porridge.

Once your little one gets more used to textures, you can introduce them to our rainbow vegetable quinoa! Packed with nutritious goodness, it’s a wonderful family recipe that everyone can enjoy.

Rainbow Vegetable Quinoa Babease baby weaning recipe

Babease Carrots

Carrots

Of course, no list of super veggies would be complete without the humble carrot! Similar to sweet potatoes, these are a great choice for the first steps of weaning because they are sweet and also colourful, which helps to keep little ones excited!
 
Carrots are a great source of vitamins A, B6 and K, and they also have plenty of fibre. Carrots are also full of Beta-carotenes which help to support your little one’s overall health. 

Carrots for Baby Led Weaning

Carrot is another wonderful veggie that offers so many options on its own! Adventurous foodies will love carrot puree, but for baby-led weaning, roasted carrot sticks are a great choice.

When roasting or boiling carrot sticks, you need to make sure you get the size and texture right for your foodie. Make sure they’re small enough for little hands (about the size of your little finger is usually good) and soft enough for little mouths, but not too soft that they fall apart!

Once they get more used to foods, you can continue offering carrot sticks at tougher textures. They’ll be biting through carrots before you know it!

Roasted vegetable sticks Babease baby weaning recipe

Babease Top Tips for Veg-Led Weaning

The best thing for little ones when they begin the weaning journey is introducing them to plenty of fresh and nutritious vegetables. Here at Babease, our organic baby food is full of all the vegetables outlined here and more, with no fruit fillers!

  1. Start with vegetables - The first few tastes will introduce your little one to new, more bitter tastes.
  2. Balance and variation - Keep trying new vegetables so your little one can explore new tastes and get all the nutrition they need.
  3. Frozen and fresh - Don’t worry about having to serve fresh and organic veggies every day. Frozen and tinned vegetables can be just as good for weaning.
  4. No pressure - Your little one won’t like everything, and that’s fine! Keep the pressure off and just reintroduce the vegetable at a later date.
  5. Have fun - Weaning should be all about having fun and exploring the world of food together!

Our mission is to spread the word of veg-led weaning – we hope you’ll join our movement! For more weaning advice, be sure to explore our blog, or discover our recipes section for more exciting ideas for the start of weaning.

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