WHEN TO START WEANING
Find out the best age to start weaning your baby, as well as the tell-tale signs to look out for that show your baby is ready to move on to solid foods.
WHAT AGE TO START WEANING YOUR BABY
When your baby is between 4 and 6 months, you can start with small bites, where your little one can start discovering new flavours and textures.
FROM MILK TO SOLID FOODS
Breastfeeding provides your baby with all the nutrients they need during the first 6 months. Upwards of 6 months your baby will need solid foods. Getting used to solid foods will take time. Inbetween 4 to 6 months you can start giving small bites to help your child practise. Slowly make the transition from milk feed to solid foods. A fun and exciting phase where you can help your baby with discovering new flavours.
SIGNS YOUR BABY IS READY FOR WEANING
There are usually 3 signs that your baby is ready to move on and try solid food. But don’t worry if it takes your little learner longer it’s important to trust your instincts and tune into your little one as they’ll let you know when they are ready!
- Coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth
- Can stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady
- Can swallow food
THE BEST TIME TO START WEANING
Solid food will feel strange at first, start slow and simple with one small teaspoon with a pureed single food. When your baby is 6 months old try including finger foods.
Over the next couple of weeks gradually increase the amount you are giving, whilst continuing with milk feeds and slowly introducing new flavours.
When your child is used to pureed foods you can give foods that is less pureed with a more coarse structure and small pieces. This is usually around 7-8 months.