How to wean?

How to wean?

Positive, healthy eating habits are really important. They will help set baby up for the rest of their life. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started.

Do’s

  • Mix milk – as you start weaning try adding a small amount of baby’s normal milk feed to the vegetable or fruit purée to make it more palatable and acceptable.
  • Go natural – simple, wholesome foods like fruit or vegetable purées, baby rice, fromage frais and yogurts are ideal first food as they’re perfectly natural.
  • Balance the tastes – serve sweet and savoury foods so baby gets used to both. But try not to overwhelm them by mixing the two at one meal time.
  • Play with textures – as your little star grows in eating confidence and hunger, you can introduce more texture. Pasta or mashed meats/fish will gently encourage chewing and help keep the diet as varied as possible.
  • Allow finger food – sliced and steamed carrots or small pieces of ripe/soft fruit will help baby learn to hold and eat food all by themselves, and build up hand/eye coordination.
  • Switch slowly – remember, milk feeds are still important during weaning, so keep them going while you’re introducing solid food.

...And the don’ts

  • Avoid honey for babies under 1 year, as some contain a bacteria that babies can’t tolerate.
  • Avoid salty foods and never add salt to baby’s food as their kidneys are too little to cope.
  • High fibre foods don’t contain many nutrients, so aren’t suitable for small babies.
  • Don’t re-freeze or re-heat baby’s food to avoid bacteria growth.
  • Cow’s milk is unsuitable as a main drink for babies under 1 year as it’s not nutritionally balanced enough. You can introduce semi-skimmed milk as a main drink from 2 years if your child is eating well, and skimmed (or 1%) milk from 5 years of age.
* As part of a balanced and varied weaning diet