How to introduce textures
Knowing what texture of weaning foods to offer your baby as they develop and grow can be confusing.
But here at Heinz we've worked with child psychology experts and
nutritionists to develop just the right progressive texture for
your baby at every stage of weaning to help them learn to chew and
Starting to wean
When you first start the weaning adventure, begin by offering
smooth purees. Purées help your baby get used to a non-liquid
texture and help them learn to move food around in their mouth
using their tongue. Remember that your baby has only ever been used
to milk and so solid foods may be quite a challenge at first.
To see how Samantha from Mill Hill introduced textures to
ten-month-old Louis watch our video to the right of the
All our 4-6 month+ products are extra-smooth purees. Why
not try Heinz Baby
Heinz 100% Fruit Pots as a first food. Then move onto more
flavours like our first
Sunday chicken dinner.
At around 7 months, try introducing small,
soft lumps. Getting your baby used to mashed food with soft
lumps encourages tongue flexibility and will help them develop
their ability to chew food. Babies who are given lumpy foods at
this stage have fewer feeding difficulties and are more likely to
be eating a larger range of foods later in childhood.
At this stage any lumps should be in a fairly thick sauce which
your baby can mush in their mouth. Avoid giving your baby hard
lumps in a thin sauce.
We have a range of recipes available to help you introduce new
textures to your little one at each stage of their weaning
adventure. Visit Recipe
Corner to view the recipes featured below plus many more.
Perfectly mashed ingredients in our 7 months+ products mean
that lumps are soft, small and manageable for your baby. With
mashed textures and an assortment of flavours, the Heinz 7+ month
range encourages your baby's tongue flexibility and helps to
develop their palate. Our
savoury meals and
cereals also provide added iron which is especially important
when babies' own iron stores start to become depleted after 6
months of age.
Starting to chew
Bigger lumps encourage true chewing at around 10 months+ and
will help develop your baby's speech muscles.
Heinz ingredients are carefully chopped to a larger size and
cooked until tender at 10 months+ - just right for learning to
Finger foods give your baby independence and can help develop
hand-eye co-ordination. Our finger foods such as
rusks have a texture that easily dissolves in the mouth, just
right for little mouths.
Most babies will now have some teeth which will help with
starting to chew. This means there is even more opportunity for you
to offer new and more challenging textures.
You can offer your toddler most adult food in much the
same way as for the rest of the family.
Make sure it is cut into manageable pieces and always be on hand
to supervise snacks and meals. You may also need to modify some
recipes for your toddler, such as avoiding adding salt and using
low salt alternatives, such as Heinz very low salt
The Department of Health recommends exclusive breast feeding for
the first six months of your baby's life. All babies are different
and develop at different rates. Your baby may start to show signs
they are ready for weaning earlier than six months. If this is the
case and you think your baby may be ready to start solids, speak to
your healthcare professional who will be able to advise you. Babies
under 17 weeks should not be given solid foods.
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