We know there’s a lot of learning + discovery that comes with feeding your mini. We’re here to help every step of the way.
Introducing food to your babe is a slow process. They might reject the food you put in front of them altogether the first few times. In fact, it can take up to 15 exposures for a kiddo to accept a new food. If you are struggling to get your babe to try a new ingredient, try adding a familiar food or even breastmilk or formula. Consistency is key!
Some parents will offer finger foods as early as 6 months, especially if they are doing baby-led weaning but most babies will be ready around 8-9 months. Around this time, you’ll notice that they’re able to pick up smaller pieces of food with two fingers. This is known as the “pincer grasp” and is the number one sign your little one is ready to start finger foods. Once your baby has mastered smooth purees, you can progress to foods with a little more texture.
The AAP suggests steering clear of foods like hot dogs, uncooked carrots, nuts, grapes, popcorn, candy and nut butters until your kiddo is a bit older. Additionally, it is not recommended that babies under 1 consume honey.
Yes! Little Spoon’s Transition Meals are specifically designed with a thicker, textured consistency with whole pieces of food to transition your kiddo from purees to table foods.
Once your babe has mastered Transition Meals, we recommend introducing Biteables, our transition-to-table-foods meals developed to address the pain points of this mealtime stage. Each meal is cut to the appropriate size, made with fresh ingredients and high in protein so that your mini gets the nutrition they need every step of the way. Our community loves the Grass-Fed Meatballs and Mini Cheesy Pasta.
The most important thing is to stay consistent with meal + snacktime. This will help your mini learn when to expect food and set their body into a rhythm. It’s helpful to provide two choices at mealtime to help your kiddo feel a sense of control over their food while not overwhelming them with options.
Repeat exposure is also key in getting your kiddo to accept a new ingredient. We recommend introducing new foods alongside larger portion of a ‘safe’ food that you know they enjoy. For example, if you are introducing broccoli for the first time to your babe, place a smaller portion of broccoli next to a larger portion of a familiar food you know they like. It might take a few times, but this positive association will help build a familiarity with the new ingredient.
We created our finger foods + kid’s meals with this philosophy in mind. Ingredients like roasted sweet potato, broccoli and turkey kale meatballs can be found in both our Biteables and Plates to ensure that your mini can transition seamlessly between mealtime stages.