Weaning your baby is possibly one of the most contentious and conflicted areas of parenting and one that you are likely to hear a huge amount of conflicting information about. Let’s look at 5 core concepts that will help you make sense of weaning:
- Babies wean at different ages according to when they are ready and need solids. Do not offer your baby solids before 4 months of age but do try to have started the process by 6 months of age. Watch her cue’s for readiness – interest in what you are eating, holding her head up well and not being satisfied with milk alone.
- While you wean, continue to breastfeed and make sure that your baby’s milk feeds remain the priority until 6 months of age. If her appetite wanes as she starts solids, offer a milk feed ahead of solid meals so that she is hungry for the milk.
- Start with vegetables and within a week of starting veggies, you can add in a teaspoon of healthy fats, like mashed avo or olive oil. The mix of complex carbs and fats more closely resembles breastmilk than pure carbs like rice cereal.
- Aim to feed your baby home cooked food, which is more textured and wholesome than jarred baby food and avoid any processed carbohydrates (processed cereal) and fruit juice.
- You control when your baby eats, where she eats and what she eats. Let her control how much – little one’s tummies are very small, and she is likely to not eat huge amounts and some meals she may eat less than others. Do not get into a battle, trying to ‘make’ her eat more.
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