Blog by Katie Thomson, MS, RD | Co-Founder of Square Baby
Single Ingredient Success! What’s Next?
At about 6 months, your baby may be ready for a combination of foods. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends providing baby with a variety of fruits, veggies, grains, proteins, and healthy fats to help build their palate and provide them with essential nutrients.
START SIMPLE. First, try combos of foods that are easier on the tummy and familiar to your baby. Try blends that include ingredients you’ve had success with already like sweet potato, butternut squash, peas, carrots, peaches, pears, apple, mango, oats, quinoa, rice, yogurt, lentils, meats & bone broth.
WE GOT YOU. Our “Peachy Oatmeal” is a great 6+ mos Square Meal to start with — perfectly balanced with Organic Peaches, Carrots, Whole Milk Greek yogurt, and Gluten-Free Oats. This puree has a nice smooth texture to bridge you from Single-Ingredient smooth purees to more adventurous, chunkier Square Meals as they grow.
CHOOSE A SPOON! This is important. You don’t want your baby sucking out of pouches and only eating thin, smooth, or overly-processed purees. This is the time to teach your baby to eat from a spoon so they can develop the proper feeding & swallowing skills.
TEXTURE IS GOOD! As your baby grows, you’ll want to spoon-feed various textures so they can grow up to enjoy all kinds of foods. Square Baby purees come in smooth, thick, and chunky textures so your lil babe will be ready transition to table/finger foods, which is an important milestone.
SPICE IT UP! Now is a great time to start introducing a little herbs and spices like curry, mint, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger! Packed with antioxidants and high-power nutrients and adds flavor and brightness without any sugar.
ADD NEW FOODS! At about 8 months, your baby’s tummy will be ready to take on some new foods like Cauliflower, White Beans, Broccoli, etc. Start with smaller amounts to see how they tolerate them (translate: don’t give your baby a 4 oz serving of “just beans” — because gas is no fun!)
ENCOURAGE YOUR LIL “FOODIE”! Finally, make your way towards more complex meals with adventurous foods and flavors to continue to broaden their palate.
SQUARE BABY TO THE RESCUE! Our “Spinach Dahl” is a super-delish 8+ mos Square Meal — you’ll feel like a rockstar parent when your baby gobbles down Spinach, Sprouted Green Lentils, Pear, Tomato, Bell Peppers, Sprouted Brown Rice, Avocado Oil, and Indian Spices like Curry & Cumin! It’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory and introduces spices to add warmth (and nutrition!) to the meal. Plus, it’s got a little more texture to help your baby get ready for table foods.
Don’t worry! We got you. Square Baby was born to make parents’ lives easier. 100% Daily Nutrition. 100% Balanced Meals. Delivered to your door.
Katie and Kendall, square baby founders
Our SQUARE MEAL SYSTEM was designed to offer balanced, SQUARE MEALS that offer baby 100% of their daily recommended servings of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and various proteins. We’ve also incorporated healthy fats, herbs, and spices to encourage the development of an adventurous lil eater!
That’s right. We nerded out on all of the science and geeked out on the math – developing recipes and measuring down to the gram to assure you we’re offering complete daily nutrition with perfectly balanced meals.
Square Baby offers over 55 different organic ingredients to provide you with variety of flavors, colors and textures including:
- steamed & roasted fruits and vegetables
- whole & sprouted grains
- various proteins like beans & sprouted lentils, bone broth, eggs & fish
- healthy fats like avocado oil, coconut milk, sprouted Salba chia, avocados, and salmon
- a variety of fresh and dried herbs and spices
How much food does my baby need each day?
Be on the look out for our next blog “WHAT IS THE SQUARE MEAL SYSTEM?” to learn more about how Square Baby makes “100% Daily Nutrition” a no-brainer. We make it easy to feed your baby the right amount of the right foods at the right stage. So you can sit back and enjoy the feeding!
Keep Calm and Nom Nom.
This blog post is for information purposes only and shouldn’t be used as personal, health, nutritional, or medical advice. Always consult with your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s health or readiness for various foods.