Waffles with strawberries and crème fraiche
A delightful family treat: Waffles with fresh strawberries and crème fraiche, loved by children and our team!Read more
Weaning can be an exciting time but there are a few things to consider before starting to cook up a storm for your baby.
The UK Department of Health advises that breastfeeding or formula feeding meets your baby’s total nutritional requirements for their first six months. Young babies’ digestive systems are still developing at this point and starting them on solid foods before six months can lead to food allergies.
Some babies may be ready for food weaning a little before six months, but it is advised to consult with your health visitor or doctor if you want to start weaning before this point and to ensure you start absolutely no earlier than 20 weeks.
The key difference is that with spoon-feeding purees very little chewing is required whereas with baby-led weaning your baby needs to chew their food before swallowing. Many families combine a mix of both methods which is absolutely fine – take the approach that best suits you and your child.
However you choose to wean your baby, there are certain foods that should be avoided:
Weaning is a long, gradual process, whichever approach you decide to take. In the beginning, it’s all about introducing new foods to your child. They are still getting the nutrients they need from their milk feeds so don’t worry if at first, it seems like nothing’s actually going in. It’s as much a process of exploration as anything else.
However you choose to handle weaning baby at home is what we will replicate at N Family, it’s important to remain consistent to help your baby build a positive relationship with food and we will always facilitate that.