Baby

Getting started

When you're ready to start, pick a quiet time during the day, perhaps the early evening feed. 

Sit your baby on your lap and make yourselves both comfortable. Give them a little of their milk, so they're not especially hungry.

Time for solids

Until now your little one will have only been familiar with taking milk from a nipple or teat. Solid food will feel strange – a new taste and texture and the feel of a spoon in their mouth. This in itself will take some time getting used to.

Try feeding one small teaspoon of a simple food. Do this each day until your baby is looking for more. Over the next few weeks gradually increase the amount of food as your baby demands it, while continuing with milk feeds and slowly bringing in new ingredients.

After two or three weeks, begin to introduce a second feed in the day, followed by a third feed after a few more weeks.

Throughout this time your baby will still rely on milk as their main source of nutrients.

Top tip

Good starter foods include pureed ripe bananas, cooked apples, pears, carrots, spinach, potatoes or peas.

Always try and use organic ingredients whenever you can.

Week by week

Here's a simple guide to help you through those first few weeks of weaning. 

Be safe! If you have a family history of allergies talk to your health visitor about how often new foods should be introduced.

Week one

Milk feeds

Your little one’s usual milk feeds.

When?

Halfway through or just after a milk feed. Lunchtime often works best as there are fewer distractions.

Week one

How much puree?

Day 1Try 1 tip of a plastic baby spoon.
Day 2Try 1-2 teaspoons (tsp).
Day 31-2 tsp of a new taste.
Day 4/53-4 tsp of a new taste.
Day 6/74-5 tsp of a new taste.

What?

Try mashed veg, fruit or smooth cereal/ baby rice mixed with their usual milk.

Week two

Milk feeds

Your little one’s usual milk feeds.

When?

Introduce at breakfast and either lunch or teatime.
 

Week two

How much puree?

Day 14-5 teaspoons (tsp) or as appetite demands.
Day 2/34-5 tsp or as appetite demands.
Day 4-75-6 tsp or as appetite demands.

What?

Try mashed veg, fruit or smooth cereal mixed with their usual milk – if they’re six months old try giving them some soft finger food to hold, like cooked carrot.

Week three

Milk feeds

Your little one’s usual milk feeds, however they might naturally start to cut down if they are eating well – but still aim for around 500–600ml of your little one’s usual milk.

When?

Breakfast and either lunch or teatime, after or mid-milk feed.
 

Week three

How much puree?

Day 1-78-10 teaspoons or as appetite demands.

What?

Try porridge or baby rice for breakfast, mix with fruit puree or mashed soft fruit. Vary fruits and vegetables. Introduce potato at lunch or teatime. If they're six months old, give them something soft to hold – like cooked apple.

Week four

Milk feeds

Your little one’s usual milk feeds.

When?

Try introducing a third meal – so breakfast, lunch and evening meals, and offer a wide range of tastes and more textures.

Week four

How much puree?

Day 1-75-10 teaspoons or as appetite demands.

What?

Increase the variety of foods and offer mashed foods with more texture. If they're six months old give them soft food to hold, like a piece of avocado.

Top tip

Buy an apron and embrace the mess - it really won’t last forever!

And smile. If you’re happy then it’s likely to have a positive impact on your little one.

Tasty weaning recipes to try