How To Start Weaning

WHAT IS WEANING?

It is the phase in which your baby starts eating solid food, like Iron-fortified baby cereals, vegetables and fruit purées. Weaning is also an opportunity for every baby to get used to eating healthy food, learning how to swallow and chew and learning how to use a spoon.

HEALTHY HABITS FOR LIFE

Weaning is an important milestone in your baby’s early development because it can help him form healthy eating habits for life. The best way to start weaning is to Introduce single vegetable flavours one-by-one right from the start without adding fruits as a sweetener. Your baby might make a funny face first, but keep trying, he’ll learn to start loving his food eventually!

HOW LONG DOES WEANING TAKE?

That depends on your baby. But usually it takes a month to go through the 5-step weaning plan. Take it slowly and don’t worry. You can always repeat steps if necessary. In the end, they’ll get used to new flavours and textures. Prepare yourself for lots of mess but lots of fun, too.

IS MY BABY READY?

Signs of being ready for weaning:
...if your baby can sit upright...
...seems interested in your food...
...tries to put food in his mouth...
...tries to swallow food...

If you notice any of the above signs, you may try to introduce purées. You should not start before 6 months, though. Please ask your paediatrician or our Careline team for more advice.

LET YOUR BABY TAKE THE LEAD

Baby-led weaning encourages your baby to eat independently right from the beginning. It gives him the freedom to explore new tastes and textures without the pressure to eat a set amount. Simply give him easy-to-grab finger food or a spoon full of purée.

DOES MY BABY STILL NEED MILK?

Yes. Milk is still important and your baby will need the same amount of milk for a while. But as he starts eating more solid food, he will naturally start drinking less breast milk or formula.

WEANING ESSENTIALS

Here are a couple of things you will need to start weaning:
SHOPPING AND COOKING FOR WEANING
Our weaning plan includes a list of everything you’ll need to buy in order to cook and prepare your baby’s meals. Once you make the meals, you can freeze them in the small freeze-friendly containers.
WEANING SAFELY
Start with smooth textures. The less lumps and bits in his foods, the easier it will be for your baby to digest. Sometimes, his natural reflex will make him cough or spit food out, so always stay with your baby when he is eating.
WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIES?
If you think your baby experiences symptoms that indicate a food allergy, please ask your paediatrician for advice.
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