Your toddler is ready for a wider range of different foods if they show these signs ...
- Can easily use their hands and fingers to feed themselves.
- Can hold a cup with two hands and drink from it.
- Has molar teeth starting to appear. Molar teeth are the larger teeth at the back of the mouth which are used to chew food.
- Can bite through a variety of different foods and chew well.
- Breads (such as pita, rēwena, chapatti or bread rolls) cut to a size that your toddler can easily hold and eat.
- Small sandwiches with thinly-sliced fillings or a thin layer of easy-to-spread ingredients (eg, yeast spread).
- Soft pieces of fruit and vegetables such as banana or cooked carrot.
- Finely grated raw fruit and vegetables such as carrot or apple.
- Finely chopped salad vegetables such as lettuce or cucumber.
- Yoghurt or slices of cheese.
- Tender, finely chopped lean meat, chicken, seafood or egg.
- Soft, slightly mashed legumes such as cooked chick peas or canned kidney beans.
- Breakfast cereals (remove very hard foods like whole nuts or hard dried fruit).