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Annabel Karmel feeding baby in autumn

Autumn is a great time to begin weaning your little one because there is a wide variety of seasonal ingredients to choose from. We asked expert Annabel Karmel to share her advice for adding harvest produce to your weaning recipes

Seasonal picks

Which fruit and veg are in season in autumn that your baby will also love?

Autumn’s sweet vegetables, like butternut squash, sweet potato and parsnips, are perfect for weaning, as breast milk is also sweet.Try mixing different veg together, like in this butternut squash, sweet potato and pear purée.

From the start of October, pumpkins start popping up in the supermarkets ready for Halloween. They’re not just for carving though, so save everything you scoop out! Try steaming or baking it in the oven as this caramelises the natural sugars and intensifies the sweet flavours. Serve it on it’s own, or mix with fruit, like apple or pear.

Super greens

What vegetarian meals have a high iron content?

Try adding iron-rich lentils to purées.

Can you feed kale to a weaning baby?

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables you can give as it’s rich in vitamins, iron and potassium.

Nice and spicy

What kind of spice can you include in baby food?

Try adding garam masala – an aromatic blend of spices – that tastes great in chicken dishes, like this purée of butternut squash, apricot and chicken.