What is Weaning?
Weaning is the process of introducing solid foods to a baby's diet while gradually reducing their dependency on breast milk or formula. It is an important milestone in a baby's development as they transition from a purely liquid diet to a more varied and solid one.
When to Start Weaning?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life. After six months, complementary foods should be introduced while continuing breastfeeding until the age of two or beyond. However, every baby is different, and it's important to look for signs of readiness before starting the weaning process.
Signs of Readiness
Here are some signs that indicate a baby may be ready for weaning:
- The baby can sit up with support and hold their head steady.
- They show interest in food when others are eating.
- They have good coordination and can pick up objects and bring them to their mouth.
- They have lost the tongue-thrust reflex, which pushes food out of their mouth.
- They seem hungry even after breastfeeding or consuming formula.
Introducing Solid Foods
When introducing solid foods, it's important to start with simple, single-ingredient purees such as mashed fruits or vegetables. Gradually, more complex textures and combinations can be introduced. It's recommended to introduce one new food at a time and observe any potential allergic reactions.
For UK readers, it's worth noting that the National Health Service (NHS) advises starting weaning around six months of age. They recommend continuing breastfeeding alongside solid foods until the age of two or beyond.
Weaning is an exciting and important stage in a baby's development. By following the signs of readiness and introducing solid foods gradually, parents can ensure a smooth transition to a varied and nutritious diet. Remember, every baby is unique, so it's essential to consult with healthcare professionals for personalised guidance.
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