Once they are ready to move on from a milk only diet to solids, Keda Black says establishing healthy eating habits with your baby from the get-go will help them develop a good relationship with food for life…

Porridge

Ready in 10 mins

From the age of 10 months, use regular rolled oats. Before then, use special baby cereals. Heat 90 ml (3 fl oz) milk. Once it comes to a simmer, pour in the ground oat flakes in a stream. Stir for 1 minute over medium heat, then lower the heat and cook for 3–4 minutes over low heat. Serve with 1 pinch ground cinnamon and a little peach purée.

Two Golden Rules

  1. Move gradually. There’s no rush and just adapt to your baby’s rhythm, taste, appetite and teeth.
  2. Only one new food at a time. Foods should be introduced one by one, which among other things lets you check whether your baby is allergic to anything. When you start combining foods, make sure there is not more than one unknown food per mixture (including spices and herbs).

Creamy Guacamole 

Ready in 10 mins 

From age six months

Peel the avocado (it must be completely ripe), purée with a dash of lime and a few coriander leaves and add a pinch of cumin and sweet paprika. Mix with 60 g (2¼ oz) cream cheese or thick yoghurt.

Offer this as an extra with a meal or even as a snack. A whole avocado will make much too much for a baby: the whole family can enjoy it!

Baby and Toddler Meal Prep Plan by Keda Black (Murdoch Books, £14.99). Photography by Pierre Javelle.

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