Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

National Weaning Week 2021
Gillian Stewart, Tuesday, May 04, 2021

A first! National weaning week from May 3rd - 9th.

It aims to bring together advice and tips from experts, to support parents through the weaning process. It aims to give parents the confidence and positivity to enter this next important milestone.

There is really good information here on the WeaningWorld website.

Weaning can seem rather daunting. There is so much conflicting advice on when to start and what to give your baby. It can seem rather overwhelming and be an anxious time for some parents.

Weaning is the introduction of solid food, usually at around the age of 5 or 6 months. It is the time for your little one to take on board more nutrients, alongside their milk feeds. 

Your baby’s supply of iron, which they are born with, starts to run low around this time.
The muscles in your baby’s jaw and tongue are developing, so solid food encourages the use of these muscles which in turn helps with development of speech.

Suddenly your little one seems very grown up. They are up for this next stage. It is time to take a step back and trust your baby. Give them opportunities to touch, smell and taste a variety of foodstuffs. Babies learn through all their senses.

Introduce some lovely puréed vegetables and fruit. Mix savoury and sweet together. You can be brave with the different flavours as babies don’t necessarily like bland tasting foods.
Their tastes will be developing all the time so don’t worry if it takes more than several times for them to accept a new food.

Finger foods are important and can be given alongside puréed food. Banana, avocado and soft cooked vegetables make ideal fingers foods.

Have fun with meal times.

Embrace the mess. 

Everything can be cleared up and washed at the end of the meal, including your baby!