Guiding First Bites: A Journey into Baby Weaning
When Should I Wean?
When your baby approaches the stage of being ready to indulge in something more substantial than a milk-based diet, it can be a big step for the whole family, baby, and parent alike, changing the household routine and adapting mealtimes. Introducing your baby to the wonderful world of food is an exciting yet daunting prospect and it’s important to know where to begin.
Here’s a few things you should know when approaching weaning age with your little one:
When should I start? – It is advised that you should start weaning your baby at six months old, integrating some solid foods alongside their milk, however, lots of parents start this process sooner as they feel their little one is ready so it can be completely personal to your circumstances when you start this journey. This should, however, never be before four months of age, as to not risk causing damage to your little one’s precious digestive system.
What foods first? – Creating purees from fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, parsnip, apples, and pears are a great way to introduce flavour whilst ensuring your little one is receiving the nutrition and goodness they need from their food. You can also use baby rice, anything lumpy or with texture is a great development step for your baby to chew and move solid foods in their mouth. If introducing potential allergens such as nuts, eggs, dairy, and other produce, make sure this is done in small quantities to spot any allergic reactions prematurely.
Best for baby? – It is important for your child to experience different flavours including those less appealing for young tastebuds such as broccoli, potato, parsnip, and other foods which aren’t sweet but are full of goodness. Doing this from day one reduces the chances of your little one being a fussy eater in later life. You will obviously want your little one to learn as much as they can which is why, as messy as it will be, allowing your child a spoon to attempt to feed themselves is a great skill to master as soon as possible.