For your baby, eating is completely new. It’s best, in the early days, to learn from those first meals rather than look at them as a replacement for milk. Don't be surprised if your little one isn’t quite sure what to do, or if food is spat back out to begin with. Your baby may eat five teaspoons at one feed and very little at the next - it’s all normal.
It’s a good idea to gradually introduce your little one to a range of tastes and textures, and by giving them a variety of foods you’re keeping their diet nutritionally balanced too.
Health Canada recommends iron-rich foods for baby’s first complementary food, such as meats and infant cereals. Heinz Baby Rice is made with baby-grade rice and is fortified with key vitamins and minerals to aid in development.
Baby rice is probably one of the easiest first foods to prepare too. Simply mix a measured teaspoon of Heinz Baby Rice into a smooth, runny mixture, using your baby’s usual milk or water. Begin feeding your little one with a very small amount – say a measured teaspoon. Then slowly increase the amount up to 1-2 measured tablespoons over a number of days.
You’ll also find that pureed vegetables such as carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes are great first foods, as are unsweetened pureed fruits like apples and pears.