During the transition to family foods, you can offer your baby (almost) everything – not just various foods, but also using different preparation methods.
Your baby will feel their way through the exciting world of food cautiously or inquisitively – after all, a carrot tastes completely different when finely grated, in a soup or offered whole.
At first, your child will want smoothly blended porridge. Depending on how sensitive their mouth is, food can soon simply be mashed with a fork to leave small pieces to encourage chewing. Even nibbling on a rusk or a crust of bread helps to strengthen the chewing muscles.
At some point, your baby may no longer wish to be fed at all, preferring to learn to spoon-feed themselves. This is not only great fun for them, but also promotes their development.
You can help your child by feeding them with a second spoon or offering finger food alongside.
Eating together as a family will not only help your child to get used to the taste of your family meals, but also to mealtime routines. And, as a pleasant side effect, they will learn to eat and drink independently by imitation. Cook the usual dishes for your family, take out a portion for your baby and only then season your own food.
Even if there is no sign of teeth yet, anything your child can suck and mash against the roof of their mouth with their tongue can be offered.
Honey can contain a pathogen that can cause poisoning in babies. However, if it appears on the list of ingredients in baby food products, it has been processed to ensure safety.
Raw-milk products and raw foods (e.g. sushi, unpasteurised cheese and raw meat spreads) can contain bacteria that can make babies poorly.
Anything small, round and hard carries the risk of accidental inhalation and choking – it is better to halve or mash small round fruits and vegetables; nuts are best ground or given as puree.
Amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and cold-pressed vegetable oils should only be offered in baby quality as a result of contaminants. Products in baby quality are strictly regulated as foodstuffs and are labelled with an age recommendation.
Quark and milk as a drink should only be introduced from the age of around nine months. From the sixth month, yoghurt is suitable as an occasional substitute for milk in recipes.