Lumpy baby food

How to Introduce Lumps When Weaning

Weaning is not just about a variety of tastes but textures, too!
If you’re unsure about when or where to start with lumpy food, Babease is here to offer advice.

As you progress through the weaning stages, your little one will experience a more diverse range of tastes. However, almost as important as what they’re eating is the textures they experience at this early stage.

What Does Lumpy Food Mean?

The term ‘lumpy food’ should be self-explanatory, but what it means for your little one can vary as they progress through weaning.

In the beginning, lumpy food simply means adding a little bit more texture to their otherwise-smooth purees. This might include less smooth porridge or simply mushing their vegetables instead of pureeing.

As your baby develops their appetite for lumps, you can begin to include soft chunks for them to chew. Eventually, lumpy food will include tougher things like vegetable sticks or cubes of meat.

This progression happens over many months and, in many cases, mirrors the progression seen during the weaning stages.

The Importance of Lumpy Baby Food

During weaning, your baby is not only getting the nutrients they need, but they’re also learning how to use their mouth and feed themselves, which are hugely important skills.

As your little foodie progresses from purees to textures and lumps, they will learn more about controlling their mouth. Not only is this movement important for eating but a range of other things, including baby’s first words!

When to Start Adding Texture to Weaning Food

As with weaning itself, there’s no set rule when it comes to introducing lumpier foods. However, it’s widely suggested that you try to include new textures as soon as possible.

During the first few months of weaning, your little one will be more engaged with trying new things, which presents the best opportunity to try different textures.

If your little one begins weaning at around 6 months, then you should look to start introducing more lumps after seven months. Over time, as your baby begins to get used to it, you can slowly increase the amount of texture.

How to Get Your Baby to Eat Textured Food

As with everything to do with weaning, how your baby takes to textured foods can significantly vary. Some little ones will love the lumps from day one, while others may dislike them at first.

Slow Introductions

When it comes to introducing your little one to textured foods for the first time, it’s often a good idea to provide them as part of a meal they already enjoy.

If there’s a particular vegetable puree they enjoy, such as carrot or pea, make your next serving slightly more textured. This gradual introduction will ensure your little one won’t be put off by the taste before they’ve had a chance to try some lumps.

Steady Progress

This piece of advice is one of the most important when it comes to the weaning journey, including textures. There will be times when your little one loves trying new textures, and there will be others where they simply want purees.

The key here is to gently try and move through textures at a pace that works with your little one. However, ensure that you do continue to progress through textures.

A combination of patience and perseverance will help you and your little one get there!

Include Finger Food

If your baby is being particularly picky with their lumps, then a trick you could try is using finger food.

Finger foods are an excellent way for your little one to learn more about co-ordinating their hand, eyes and mouth. As in baby-led weaning, finger foods also give your little one a sense of control and individuality regarding what they’re eating.

The sense of ownership that babies can feel when it comes to baby food can encourage them to try more textures for themselves. Finger foods can be perfect for progressing through textures, from soft veggies like broccoli to crunchier foods like carrots and breadsticks.

Lumpy Baby Food Recipes

Lumpy foods are really simple to introduce into your baby’s food. In the beginning, you can simply mash vegetables instead of pureeing to provide some texture.

If you want to be a bit more adventurous with your little one’s recipes, why not check out some of these ideas below?

Turkey Bolognese

Mashing or lightly blitzing mince is a great way to introduce new textures to your little one. This recipe is not only full of protein but also includes plenty of veg!

Super-Grain Porridge

Our super-grain porridge recipe uses quinoa pearly and grounded seeds, meaning it’s full of goodness!

Roasted Vegetable Sticks

This recipe is a classic, perfect for many stages of weaning – simply cook the sticks less to keep their crunch as your little one progresses through textures.

Weaning is a hugely exciting time, and introducing textured foods is a big part of it, as your little one progresses away from baby food and towards more everyday meals. Before you know it, your little one will be chewing on food with the whole family!

For more weaning advice, be sure to check out our blog or join our social media community for more help and advice.

How to help your weaning baby cope with lumpy food

Congratulations – your baby has mastered the first step of managing simple and smooth purees. So now, it’s time to progress on to making those purees more lumpy. For some babies, they’ll adapt quickly. For others, this change can feel like a big new step and may take longer to learn.

Don’t worry if your baby does struggle a little – we’ve got plenty of help and advice.

When should I introduce lumps?

Don’t wait too long to start introducing lumpy food to your baby. You have a lovely window of opportunity during these first few weeks and months of weaning, when your baby is really open to new textures and tastes.

So as soon as your baby is comfortable with swallowing smooth purees from a spoon, start to reduce the degree of pureeing you’re doing. If you’re starting weaning at 6 months, most babies will be ready to be eating lumpier foods by 7 months.

  • Here’s how to get the right texture for your baby's food

Why do I need to make the food lumpy?

Introducing lumps and texture to your baby’s food is essential for your baby’s development. It’s the important step from smoother purees to chewing solid textures.

And this skill won’t just help babies tuck into the Sunday roast in a few months’ time; it’s also essential for developing the muscles they need to utter their first few words.

Does my baby need teeth to cope with lumpy food?

Surprisingly no. Don’t worry if your baby hasn’t got any teeth; some babies don’t cut their first tooth until well after their first birthday, yet they can still progress onto textured food.

Even if your baby’s first teeth haven’t appeared yet, they will be ready and waiting just under the gums: if you feel them, they will be quite hard.

Hard baby gums are more than capable of getting to grips with first textures.

How do you introduce lumps?

Introducing lumps is a gradual process. Your baby’s first textured foods shouldn’t be much more than a puree, and any lumps should be small and soft.

4 ways to introduce lumps to your baby slowly and carefully:

  • To make your baby’s first experience of lumps less startling, choose a meal that your baby’s already had in pureed form which you know your baby likes.
  • Put a small amount on the tip of a baby spoon and place it just between his lips so he can suck it off
  • Try splitting a batch of cooked veggies into two halves. Puree one portion until completely smooth, but blend the other portion slightly less, and then mix the two together
  • Introduce lumps when your baby is most likely to be calm, usually lunchtime. He may be too hungry at his first morning feed time to take kindly to having to negotiate new textures, and too tired at teatime

In our forum, 3-little-princesses suggests: “At this stage, I mashed food with a fork rather than puree it and then gradually left it a little bit lumpier each time. Also, I added a little bit of couscous or baby pasta (soup pasta works just as well) to the purees I was using before to increase the texture gradually too.”

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How might my baby react to lumps?

Don’t be alarmed if your baby’s first reaction is to gag. This may just be a surprise reaction to the lumps. Scoop up another spoonful and offer it again. After the initial shock, your baby may then suck it off the spoon.

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"I found that the lumps weren't so much the problem with my little one but the dryness - so I make sure I add a bit of extra sauce or water to thin thicker foods out," advises Beebee.

Babies don’t start chewing straight away – this is a big development milestone and a skill that will take a while to master. So always watch your baby carefully as they learn to negotiate these new soft lumps.

  • Find out how to cope if your baby gags

What if my baby refuses lumps?

Some babies prefer to have their lumpy food given to them separately, rather than encountering the occasional surprise lump in an otherwise runny puree.

So if your baby’s resistant, try offering a smooth carrot puree as usual, but leave some softly steamed carrot batons whole to have on the side.

If it’s clear your baby doesn’t like the new texture, for example by turning their head away, be guided by your baby. Go back to the purees for a couple of days, before trying a few soft lumps again.

Do persevere; this stage can take time, but is essential for your baby’s development.

"My twins were both on purees until they were 13 months old as one of them just couldn't handle lumps of any description" says Jennifer Morrow.

"Even mashed bananas were too lumpy and she'd just gag and vomit. I remember being really paranoid as I feared speech delay and poor muscle tone.

"However, I just left it a few weeks and tried again. They got there in the end!"

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Baby food in jars - can a kitten?

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Kitten, 2.5 months old, Scottish breed. Lump food from bags does not eat, only in the form of mashed potatoes. Can I give baby purees from a jar, such as veal, rabbit, turkey? Baby puree in composition, kmk is better. I read the composition of cat food, offal in the composition, even from expensive manufacturers

we give, we don't see any problems

I don't think it's anything to worry about when you're little, but later you'll have to switch to food for cats

It's possible, but better balanced nature. How will you balance baby food?

yab did not give baby food to animals...
look at the four-legged gourmet company, there is a regular series and there is a silver line.
Why don't you feed him dry food?

I give as a treat. moreover, "Grandma's basket" is eaten, but "Tyoma" is not favored. )))

IMHO better yet prof. stern. Check out Almo Nature for kittens, it has a very good composition. And the look and smell is such that you want to eat it yourself.

In general, by-products are a useful thing for people too.

we used baby puree for our kittens at an intermediate stage (1.5-2 months old) during the transition from mother's milk to "cat food". I hope you're not going to feed your cat baby food all your life, are you? You need to determine the nutritional options for yourself: balanced natural, or dry and canned food.

And cats, by the way, are amazing, you can't impose your own on them. Our little one, for example, flatly refused dry food, spitting it out and that's it. She does not eat, she is already 2 years old. And the older one, on the contrary, switched from wet food to drying.

there is a lot of starch in the composition, it is not good for cats ...

there is no starch in the composition at all. It means good for a child, but not so much for a cat? girls, are you already crazy about your cats?

most likely there is starch even if it is not specified and there is fat, moreover, 99% for a pig, for an animal, consider death.

Where does the pork fat in a turkey or rabbit come from? and still not listed?

+100 I sometimes read and go nuts. Feed advertising is very well hammered into people's heads. I have dogs from a young age were in the family, 2 pcs. They ate and we children ate, soup for us and soup for them, porridge for us and porridge for them, only the bones were bought separately for them, and then if possible. Both dogs lived a long and happy life and coat, and teeth, and activity was normal in them until the last years. As a child, my friend’s dog also ate everything, lived for 15 years, gave birth at the same time quite a few, 10 times if not more! So it’s worth considering how harmful it is or not, I give my dog ​​our food, the only thing I myself I eat on a diet, I don’t welcome heaps of seasonings. And we have all these feeds as a backup option if we leave, if we are very busy or sick.

so I see, the more expensive the food, the better. In baby food, they don’t write starch, but cat food is better than cooked for children, yeah. Quality control of baby food will be better in every possible way. Everything is prepared directly for cats from selected veal, and for children from waste, according to the logic of cat lovers and dog lovers. The brains worked well, test

where is the pork fat in a turkey or rabbit from? - are you seriously asking this or are you trolling?

Are you serious or joking??? I give this food to the baby, believe me, the child is dearer to me than any golden cat, if 100% rabbit meat is written on the jar, is there pork fat by default? Are you a psychic or work in a factory? I ask without banter

I have a friend working in the research institute laboratory)))) and it's good if there is at least 10% of this rabbit in 100% of the rabbit. I often drag food to her, but to be honest, I generally drag everything to her and food and poop and scrapings, and even smears from intimate places. At least some sense from education and work for science))))

According to experts, cat food contains exactly what is written on the can, but baby food is a hoax? it is not logical, they will fake it faster for cats than for children.

Great. And cat food is pure rabbit meat, right?

+1 some kind of bullshit

oddly enough, even the manufacturers don't write this stuff)))) It's just that there is human food that is dangerous to the life and health of an animal. For many, animals are also children, and they carefully watch not only what they eat, but also what they feed their animals. It’s just that sometimes, out of ignorance and our naivety (we believe in what they write to us on the labels), we feed children and animals with outright shit.

According to experts, cat food contains exactly what is written on the can - who told you such nonsense?))))

Well then, just like you, you need to have an expert girlfriend and go to her with every purchase. Alas, this is unrealistic

Your dogs are lucky, not all of them have such reinforced concrete gastrointestinal tract to withstand soups, etc.

So the author asked - can I have baby rabbit meat from a can - you wrote that there is pork fat in rabbit meat! So in the cat's everything is perfect, but in the children's you don't understand anything?

what's wrong with soup?

You don't understand a little, pork fat is the norm for human nutrition. It is also found in shitty dogs and cats such as chapi, pedigree, I can’t say for cats, I don’t have them (of course they don’t indicate this, although some manufacturers honestly say this to their due), but for dogs it is pork fat, like pork itself is prohibited, they can have very serious health problems.

Are you a troll?

damn, why am I a troll? I grew up in a small town (I hope you know that not everyone lives in Moscow) and there everyone feeds their pets with homemade food. Rarely. that carries to the veterinarians in general. No problem. My cat has been living perfectly for 15 years without any problems. He eats everything from our table. I repeat the question of what is bad meat soup?

My parents live 700 km from Moscow, both pensioners feed the cat either good drying or baby food. Therefore, there is no need to blame everything on a small town - it is devastation in the minds.
Why is meat soup bad? And why is he good? Seasonings? Potatoes?

I cook soup without seasonings. And how did cats survive in the past, before the importation of cat food into our country????

ps about baby food they also write here, all this garbage, animals are not allowed, it's bad. and children normul

Another option, you can put a cat salad with mayonnaise, cho ush

Before the import of cat food, they fed it with normal kind. I feed mine with meat, no food.
Well, there are also a lot of things written on the fence. If I suddenly run out of cat food, I buy baby food for one or two. They will love him very much, what anonymous people write there above - I don’t care much. I believe that there are more natural products in baby food anyway than in cat food.
It's just that it's easier for my parents to give food to a cat than to do it in nature - unfortunately, it's not a girl's age

So what I'm asking about is baby food, rvr? anything is better than food. Duck no, they write ononyms, they investigated it and there is pork fat. And in the cat's, selective paired veal, yeah. Argentine and)

Write nonsense.
In your opinion, it turns out that in baby food there is undeclared pork fat, but in cat-dog food (where the control is not so strict) they are not - not to die.
Do you think the same Gerber indicates an incomplete list of ingredients? Yeah.

No, grass fed Australian.

Baby food is better in any case, only then it is worth adding rice + vegetables to it, and don't forget about calcium. If you only feed them.

did you say potatoes are not allowed? what vegetables to add, advise?

Not all animals eat dry food. My kitten refused to even try until 5 months old, she perceived him as a filler for the tray and tried to write in the dryer.
I also completely ignored canned cat food.
And she ate meat and baby food with pleasure, so to mix vitamins and ballast and give her baby food once a day.

Zucchini, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots - all steamed.
Or vegetable baby food. I took my Gerber and added it to the meat.

I also take a gerbera and a baby and a kitten

boom hope that there is no pork fat there

But in general it is better to make nature yourself

while the cat eats very selectively, I throw out half. I'll slowly start making nature now

I read the topic and it's true, the cat and dog species somehow survived before they began to deliver food to us. How did he pull it off. Well, never in the villages did they prepare anything specially balanced for either cats or animals. My sister had cats all her childhood. When I don’t come, they cook fish for them. What kind of pastes, vitamins and so on. Yes, no one came up with that. We don’t even remember what we fed our cat, it was a long time ago. But I remember well that there were no conversations like: oh, what will we feed? What we ate, so did he. Well, of course, without salads and mayonnaise. And his poop was correct and not smelly and there were no disorders. True, the products were different, not so chemical. Maybe that's why everyone was healthier. And so are we. I remember how people fukali on our blue cling with their heads. Remember those? And they were sooo happy about the white foreign ones. Rejoiced. Where are these clowns now? Awww... I wouldn't refuse these now. Yes, probably many would not refuse. Time has passed and human stomachs have somehow adapted to chicken with bleach, boiled soy sausage, feed fish.

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