I started my daughter on “level 2” foods around 7 or 8 months. Basically all this means is baby will be eating more solids and different, thicker textures. If you are making your own baby food, now is a good time to make food not only thicker but a bit chunkier. You know your baby is ready for this transition when they make a chewing motion
Wholesomebabyfood.com has a great resource for what foods to introduce between the 6 – 9 months:
That may be a bit hard to read so I’ll copy it here:
Rice, Barley, Oats (served a little thicker)
Avocado, Apricots, Apples, Bananas, Mangos, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Pumpkin
Sweet Potatoes, Yellow/Butternut Squash, Carrots, Green Beans, Peas, Zucchini
Towards the 9 month mark, our doctor gave us the OK to introduce proteins (we did chicken and turkey first). A good way to start this is to mix small amounts of the pureed protein into a favorite veggie like sweet potatoes, green beans…etc. Increase the amount as you go so baby gets used to taste (they WILL spit it out if you just start spooning in ground up turkey).
Another thing to look forward to is self feeding! We started with Gerber Graduates Puffs. These are easy for baby to pick up (once they have that skill of course) and basically dissolve in their mouths. I felt like this was a safe and easy way for baby to practice self feeding.
Another food you can buy at the store are Baby Mum Mums. These are basically like an over grown rice crispy (yes, I’ve eaten a few…yes, I liked them) that baby can easily hold and munch on. Again, they dissolve easily so they are safe and baby will love them! These are life savers when you are trying to grocery shop with a teething baby.
A few other great foods to start self feeding are Cheerios, small bits of lightly toasted bread, small chunks of soft fruit or cooked veggies, peas, well cooked (almost overdone) pasta like macaroni.
Am I missing some of your baby’s favorite foods?