Weaning stage 2

Once your baby has mastered the first stage of weaning and is happily accepting simple puréed tastes, they’ll be ready to explore a wider variety of flavours with lumpier textures. Take a look at our weaning video guide with tips and advice to help you both through the next stage

Weaning stage 2

If your baby is accepting gentle tastes and smooth textures quite easily, you can try moving them on to the next stage of weaning, by introducing more adventurous tastes and mashed 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 good 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 for all that growing and exploring.

At this stage, it's especially important to make sure their food and milk contains a healthy amount of iron, as the natural stores they were born with begin to run low after about 6 months.

Weaning stage 2

Try starting their day with a breakfast cereal fortified with key vitamins and minerals, but with no added sugar or salt. As well as delicious porridge, babies aged 7+ months can try Aptamil Multigrain Breakfast to start their day. 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 foods such as aubergine, mushrooms and pineapple.

Although they may be eating more and more each day, milk 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 textures, which 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 and little cubes of fruit 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 prevent them from becoming a fussy eater.

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7 comments

tiihivarose said...

really took a lot from this video, even though i'm a 2nd time mum, there is a 6 year gap between my children and everything seems to have been wiped from my memory from 1st time round. I find that people expect me to know what to do and when to do it, because i've done it all before. This has really jogged my memory and helped me keep in touch with what my baby should be doing at 7 months old :-)

26 May 2011 11:29
lucydee said...

I am also a 2ed time mum..and i was weary about lumpy foods but im going to try and wean her on to lumpy foods and finger foods now x can she still eat lumps with no teeth ?

20 August 2011 14:15
Previous member said...

I've been trying to give my 7 1/2 month some mashed foods with really small lumps but she's been choking on them and that then makes her sick. Should I keep on trying or wait a bit longer? She's been eating pureed food from 5 months

19 March 2012 11:07
gemmaleslie said...

The video is good but i would like to know how many Oz/Mls of milk a weaning baby shoudl have. My son has 3 meals a day, and 4 bottles. 3 of 120mls and a bedtime bottle of 210mls. I read somewhere that from 6 months they should be having at least have a pint of milk as well as their food and you increase their food but keep the milk the same for as long as possible. This vidoe mentioned 2 milk feeds a day, so should i be doing only 2 210mls? thats not enough milk surely?

2 May 2012 20:57
NikzH said...

Found this video very helpful, my 7 1/2 month old loves his food but is still working on how much finger food fits in his mouth in one go (a big enough piece for him to hold tends to get shoved into his mouth on one go and then he coughs and chokes, a small enough piece for him to chew, swallow and enjoy he can't pick up properly, perseverance seems to be the key)..
#gemmaleslie; my monkey has three meals a day and has the same amount of milk as your son, (plus water/baby juice @ meal times) sometimes he drinks it all, sometimes he doesn't... I also read that a weaning baby should still drink between 500ml-600ml a day (which is correct for your pint), which is what they're getting.

23 June 2012 10:38
Rudbeckia said...

My son is now 8 months and was choking followed by vomiting, which results in his being hungry. I took a step back to pureed food and have started introducing more lumpy food again. mashed sweetcorn was the first I tried. Breadsticks and rice cakes still create issues but since going onto solids he has refused to take liquid from a bottle or cup, so we are having to re-educate him on that as well. Good luck ladies I am sure we will all get there.

1 September 2012 07:47
gina 36 said...

should my 8 mth baby be eating a full or half jar of 7month food at this age. taking 21mls ofmilk a day

23 April 2014 19:40

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Guide to weaning stage 2 (moving into textures)

Once your baby has mastered simple taste and purees they’ll be ready to move onto lumpier textures and more varied flavours. Watch as baby Imogen experiences new tastes and thicker textures, and midwife Wendy shares advice with mum Nina on her baby’s weaning diet.

Guide to weaning stage 1 (first tastes)
Guide to weaning stage 1 (first tastes)

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Guide to weaning stage 1 (first tastes)

7 comments

tiihivarose said...

really took a lot from this video, even though i'm a 2nd time mum, there is a 6 year gap between my children and everything seems to have been wiped from my memory from 1st time round. I find that people expect me to know what to do and when to do it, because i've done it all before. This has really jogged my memory and helped me keep in touch with what my baby should be doing at 7 months old :-)

26 May 2011 11:29
lucydee said...

I am also a 2ed time mum..and i was weary about lumpy foods but im going to try and wean her on to lumpy foods and finger foods now x can she still eat lumps with no teeth ?

20 August 2011 14:15
Previous member said...

I've been trying to give my 7 1/2 month some mashed foods with really small lumps but she's been choking on them and that then makes her sick. Should I keep on trying or wait a bit longer? She's been eating pureed food from 5 months

19 March 2012 11:07
gemmaleslie said...

The video is good but i would like to know how many Oz/Mls of milk a weaning baby shoudl have. My son has 3 meals a day, and 4 bottles. 3 of 120mls and a bedtime bottle of 210mls. I read somewhere that from 6 months they should be having at least have a pint of milk as well as their food and you increase their food but keep the milk the same for as long as possible. This vidoe mentioned 2 milk feeds a day, so should i be doing only 2 210mls? thats not enough milk surely?

2 May 2012 20:57
NikzH said...

Found this video very helpful, my 7 1/2 month old loves his food but is still working on how much finger food fits in his mouth in one go (a big enough piece for him to hold tends to get shoved into his mouth on one go and then he coughs and chokes, a small enough piece for him to chew, swallow and enjoy he can't pick up properly, perseverance seems to be the key)..
#gemmaleslie; my monkey has three meals a day and has the same amount of milk as your son, (plus water/baby juice @ meal times) sometimes he drinks it all, sometimes he doesn't... I also read that a weaning baby should still drink between 500ml-600ml a day (which is correct for your pint), which is what they're getting.

23 June 2012 10:38
Rudbeckia said...

My son is now 8 months and was choking followed by vomiting, which results in his being hungry. I took a step back to pureed food and have started introducing more lumpy food again. mashed sweetcorn was the first I tried. Breadsticks and rice cakes still create issues but since going onto solids he has refused to take liquid from a bottle or cup, so we are having to re-educate him on that as well. Good luck ladies I am sure we will all get there.

1 September 2012 07:47
gina 36 said...

should my 8 mth baby be eating a full or half jar of 7month food at this age. taking 21mls ofmilk a day

23 April 2014 19:40

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