Weaning is another exciting milestone for you and your baby. Baby weaning is the process of introducing other foods to you baby aside breast and baby milk. It usually starts from 6 months old. A lot of mothers usually complain of about the difficulty of this with their baby or babies. Some babies may start rejecting bottles earlier and then you know its time to start weaning.
Here are simple steps to help make weaning stress free for you and the baby;
Foods like bread, cereal, pasta, rice and potatoes provide plenty of energy for your baby’s daily activities. They’re a great basis for every meal and a good choice for snacks, too. It’s important to wait until your baby is 6 months old before introducing foods that contain gluten – mostly breads and some cereals, although other starchy foods like corn, rice and potatoes are fine.
Milk, cheese and yogurt
At this stage, milk should still be a big part of your baby’s diet, whether it’s breastmilk or a formula. Once your baby is a year old, it’s recommended that they have 3 portions of dairy foods every day.
Fruit and vegetables
Colourful, versatile and tasty, both fruit and veg contain all kinds of important vitamins and minerals for your baby’s daily development. Fresh, frozen, tinned (rinse any tinned veg in brine to remove added salt) varieties are all great options, making it easy to include them in every meal and snack. The more colours on their plate, the wider the variety of nutrients your baby will be getting.
Meat, fish and vegetarian alternatives
This group includes meat, fish, eggs, nuts and pulses, which provide protein, iron and B vitamins. Once you’ve started to introduce them to your baby, you can offer them once a day and this can increase to 2 portions as they approach their first birthday.
We will share a weaning meal plan and how to make some of these foods at home in our next article