What is spoon fed weaning?
This process involves different foods being offered to your baby from a spoon in the form of a purée.
These first tastes are usually different fruits and vegetables that are blended down very thinly to ease the transition from milk to solids.
Feeding from a spoon is the opposite technique to baby led weaning where infants are offered small pieces of soft food to pick up and eat themselves.
Why choose spoon feeding?
- Feeding your baby purées on a spoon has been the traditional method for weaning for many years
- It is generally easier to measure how much food your baby has eaten
- They can eat faster from the spoon which will satisfy them quicker if they are hungry
- There is less risk of choking with spoon fed weaning as there are no lumps to chew and swallow
- There is generally less mess which is handy if you are feeding your baby out of be house
The down side?
- You will need to prepare more food in advance if you are spoon feeding as you will need to cook and purée the dish before feeding your baby
- It’s difficult to eat together as you will need to feed your baby each mouthful
What are good first foods?
It is recommended to offer your baby root vegetables before fruit. This is because fruit is very sweet so there’s a chance your little one may not be interested in vegetables once they develop a taste for fruit.
Good first foods to try are roasted butternut squash, roasted parsnip, carrots and sweet potato.
Once the vegetable is cooked, scoop out the flesh and place it into a blender. Add a little breast or formula milk until you get a smooth purée texture.
Check the temperature of the food by placing a spoonful on your lip before giving it to your baby.
Make sure you have all of the weaning equipment you need before you start to prep your baby’s meals.
How long should babies have purée for?
From six to seven months, babies should have thin purées of first tastes.
From seven months, you can start making them a little thicker and adding some over cooked rice or small pasta shapes to teach your baby how to chew.
From around nine months you can make them much thicker and lumpy.
If you are spoon feeding your baby, try offering finger foods also to help with jaw and muscle growth, needed for speech development.