Second Blends (6+ months), a Stage 2 baby food line with blends of fruit, veggies and multi-grains that are perfect for exposing your little foodie to unique flavours and colours. Every pouch is filled with essential nutrients from more than 3 food group favourites to fuel your active tot.
Moving on from smooth purées to thicker food textures in stage 2 of weaning means your baby will need to learn to chew. This is good preparation for eating bigger chunks, like finger foods, when their hand-eye coordination will allow them to feed themselves, and is also important for speech development. Iron-rich recipes for your 7-month-old can help support their cognitive development at this stage.
Stage 2 weaning
Once your baby is accepting and enjoying smooth food textures, you can try moving them on to the next stage of weaning – exploring new tastes and thicker textures.
A nutritionally balanced weaning diet
Since no single food can give your baby all the nutrients they need, you’ll need to offer them a wide variety of foods. This will help to ensure that they get the right balance of vitamins and minerals as well as the energy they need to grow, learn and explore the world around them.
At this stage, it’s especially important to make sure their food and milk contain a healthy amount of iron, as the natural stores they were born with beginning to run low after about 6 months.
What to feed your baby in stage 2 of weaning
Try starting your baby’s day with a breakfast cereal fortified with key vitamins and minerals, but with no added sugar or salt. As well as porridge, babies aged 6+ months can try Petit Zèbre Multigrain breakfast to start their day. With our expertise in every spoonful, it contains key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D for normal development of bones and iron to support normal cognitive development. Remember to include lots of different vegetables in their main meal, and fruit for dessert. Babies of this age are generally willing to try new flavours, so it’s a great time to introduce new foods such as aubergine, mushrooms and pineapple.
Although they may be eating more and more each day, breast milk or formula is still an important part of your baby's diet. They need around 500–600ml (about a pint) a day – this includes any milk you use to make their food.
The right texture
This second stage of weaning involves learning how to chew. This is done by progressing from smooth purées to mashed food textures that encourage your baby to start moving their jaws up and down. Once they have got the hang of this, they'll be ready for bigger lumps and pieces.
Your baby’s coordination may also be improving, so try introducing them to finger foods and the fun of feeding themselves. Small pieces of cooked, mixed vegetables, cubes of soft fruit, or fingers of toast are ideal to start with.
The right tastes
Since this is a stage when they are open to trying new tastes, it’s important to offer your baby a wide variety of healthy foods to help them learn to love different flavours. From the age of two, these preferences may become relatively fixed until they’re around eight years old, so introducing more foods now will help to prevent them from becoming a fussy eater during the toddler and early school years.
Our ready-to-eat jars or pouches of first baby food have a smooth texture and made from simple ingredients including fruit and vegetable purees, and various cereals. This range is designed for easy swallowing and digestion, it will encourage your baby to experience different food flavours and textures, and give important nutrition support to your baby.
As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs – and can handle. Infants have the physical skills to swallow solid foods safely, and their digestive system simply is ready for solids when they're about 4 months old.
Solid food feeding tips
- Blend vegetables with fruits: Some parents may tell you to start with vegetables instead of fruits so your infant won't develop a taste for sweets. But babies are born with a preference for sweets, so you don't have to worry about introducing sweet fruits in any particular order. Blending fruits with vegetables will also encourage babies to eat more vegetables.
- Feed cereal with a spoon only. Unless your baby's doctor asks you to, don't add cereal to his bottle – he could choke or end up gaining too much weight.
- Encourage adventurous eating. Don't leave any food off his menu simply because you don't like it.
- Give new foods time. If your baby turns away from a particular food, don't push. Try again in a week or so. He may never like sweet potatoes, or he may change his mind and end up loving them.
- Watch for constipation. A baby's stool sometimes changes when his diet does. Although it's usually temporary, your baby may have constipation after introducing solids. If you notice that your baby is having less frequent bowel movements, or that his stools have become hard or dry and seem difficult to pass, let his doctor know. Some doctors recommend adding a mix of vegetable purees or high-fibre fruits such as pears, prunes, and peaches to a baby's diet, or giving him a few ML of prune, carrot, apple, or pear juice each day until his bowel movements are back to normal.