Navigating the world of weaning

 

As a new parent or even one who’s been around the block a few times, you’re constantly bombarded with information. Milestones, checks, opinions and information (whether you asked for it or not), and advice on most subjects available with just a click of a button.

This information however, can be conflicting and actually offer very little help into deciding what is right for your child.

Making sense of it all can be overwhelming.

When it comes to weaning onto solid foods, we’re afraid to say that the confusion doesn’t stop.

What is weaning and when to start?

 

Weaning is just the process of introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet, alongside their milk requirements. Ask older family members and they will probably say that 30 years ago, babies were weaned at just a few months old.

Today though, the advice is not to start offering solids until your baby is around the 6-month mark, unless told otherwise by your health visitor or GP. At this age, their usual milk is still a vital part of their nutrition and should continue to until 12 months at least.  But like we say…every baby is different and you need to trust your instincts on when it is right for your little one.

Weaning buzzwords

 

As you begin your research into this next stage of your baby’s development, you’ll no doubt hear about the different approaches to weaning such as ‘baby-led weaning’ (BLW) or ‘puréeing’.

Put simply a baby-led approach to introducing solids is where you allow the baby to feed itself. It means that food needs to be cut into chip-shaped portions so that the baby can hold it, such as cucumber sticks, tortilla, mango slices, or toast soldiers.

A more traditional weaning method is puréeing, which involves spoon-feeding the baby. This requires more preparation beforehand, such as steaming and mashing softer foods.

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