When to start?

For the first 6 months of your little one’s life the Department of Health and World Health Organisation recommend feeding your baby just breast milk or formula as this will provide them with enough energy and all the nutrients they need for growing and developing (for more info visit the NHS website).

Once they get to around 6 months old your baby will start needing solid foods alongside their milk, (which is why weaning is often known as ‘complementary feeding’) to help teach them how to move food round their mouth, chew and swallow.

READY OR NOT?

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!

 

  1. Coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth
  2. Can stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady
  3. Swallow food (rather than spit it back out)

WAYS TO WEAN

There are two popular ways, rather than feeling you must choose between the two why not combine them to get the best of both worlds!

Spoon feeding

This is when you start by blending up ingredients and feeding it to your baby on a spoon; once they have mastered this you can then move onto trickier textures.

Baby Led

This is where your baby is encouraged to explore and pick up food with their hands to feed themselves

HOW TO START

Solid food will feel strange at first, start slowly and simply with one small teaspoon and try including our finger foods. Do this each day until your baby is looking for more.

Over the next couple of weeks gradually increase the amount you are giving, whilst continuing with milk feeds and slowly introducing new flavours.

After two or three weeks try a second ‘meal’ in the day, followed by a third. We have lots of recipes you can try along with ideas on introducing new tastes and textures.

WHAT TO AVOID

At 6 months, all foods can be included with just a few exceptions. Be careful to avoid sugary foods and don’t add salt to your little one’s meals.