The growth of the first teeth is a turning point. Apart from moving on to follow-up milks (stage-two milks), little by little you can introduce new food types and thicker textures, such as a light purée. Welcome to the adventure of new flavours!
At this stage babies grow fast. Their height and weight vary from one month to the other and this is why they need food with a higher nutrient and calorie content. Their daily needs in energy go from 550kcal/day during the 1st month of life to 765kcal/day when they reach their 6th month, and then jump to 1050kcal/day at 12 months of age. This together with the fact that they now learn to chew is why you should introduce new food types into their diet that include the semi-solid textures of purées. At the same time you should continue feeding them a quantity of milk or dairy products equivalent to 500ml/day to meet their needs in calcium.
The introduction of new food types is an exciting time for your baby, but do follow the guidelines your paediatrician gives you.
Cereals that contain gluten. This is the time to introduce wheat, barley, rye, millet, sorghum, and oats, and combine them with fruit and vegetables. You can gradually replace one spoonful of their usual cereals with one containing gluten until you reach the point when the whole meal is made only with cereals containing gluten. Another option is to add 2-3 biscuits, but choose only those that contain no egg and no ingredients which are still unfamiliar to your baby. You can also combine them with yoghurt and create new recipes that will no doubt delight you child!
As to meat, start with boiled chicken and turkey with no skin, which are the easiest to digest. If your baby tolerates them well, after two weeks you can try feeding her tender lean beef, and later lean ox in 20-30-gram portions.
From the 8th month onwards
You can change the purée's texture by adding solid foods which you can crush with a fork. This is also a good time to try tomatoes (poached without skin or seeds) and natural yoghurt, which is an excellent source of proteins, calcium, vitamins, and minerals that help develop the intestinal flora. At mealtimes, encourage the baby's independence: Allow her to pick up soft food with her hands. See how she brings it to her mouth and tries to chew it.
At the age of 9 months
You can add to their diet spinach, cauliflower, red cabbage, beetroot, celeriac, and white fish. Specifically, sole, hake, and similar types of fish mixed with vegetables, at first in small quantities just in case there are any allergic reactions. Both fresh and frozen fish have a high level of nutrients, such as iodine, proteins, phosphorous, and calcium, as well as a large quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3. This is also a good time to introduce food prepared using corn semolina, crushed soup pasta, and the first pulses.