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feeding and nutrition

Feeding milestones: What’s next for your baby?

Introducing solids is the start of your baby’s feeding journey, but as they head into toddlerhood, what can you expect next?

Baby-to-toddler feeding milestones

You’ve started your baby on solids, so what’s next baby-to-toddler feeding milestones?

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Once your baby has reached 6 months old, they should be ready for weaning and here are some ways you can tell.

So what can I expect at 7-9 months?

By the time your baby reaches 7 months, they should be comfortable sitting in a highchair and be able to hold and attempt to drink from a baby cup.
Eating thicker pureed and mashed foods like potatoes is the next stage. Sore and swollen gums are common at this stage so you may find your little one chewing endlessly on chew toys. 

You may also start to notice that your baby stays fuller for longer after meals at this point and reach for food that is nearby and is able to show a reaction to new smells and tastes they are trying.

And what happens at 10-12 months?

By this stage your little one is probably creating quite a mess at mealtimes and finger foods might now be your baby’s favourite way of eating. The variety of what your baby will eat now should be increasing and now is a good time to practice using an open cup.

Your baby should be ready to try soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruits, and finger foods such as cooked pasta and will be enjoying a greater variety of smells and tastes by now. This might also be a good time to introduce their own plastic spoon and fork to get them learning to use them as they eat.

What happens at 13-18 months?

Your toddler should now be comfortable using a spoon by herself, though practice may still be needed. Swallowing from the cup without sucking, or spilling much should be mastered now. Your little one will also be able to let you know when their full, by closing their mouth or passing you the bowl, or shake their head to let you know that’s enough.

And what can I expect when my toddler’s 18-24 months?

Even though your toddler may still play with food (or throw it!) when they’re full, they should be becoming a less messy eater. The may have even mastered picking up a cup and putting it down on the table without spilling their drink.

Practice with the spoon and fork should be going well and they may have even learned to not necessarily open their mouth wide to bite into food. Your toddler will more than likely be using words such as ‘more’ and ‘all gone’ to let you know when their still hungry or finished eating.

Feeding milestones: What’s next for your baby?