As with anything baby related, preparation is key, knowledge is power and a fighting sprit is crucial!
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We put our heads together with the team at Babease, to compile a list of tips, thoughts and useful suggestions to aid you on the weaning journey.
1. Make sure you have all the kit ready before you start:
- High Chair
- Weaning spoons
- Sippy cup with water
2. Choose a quiet time when your baby is peckish but not ravenously hungry, they're not overly tired and you are feeling relaxed and calm.
3. Allow plenty of time for the feed – don’t rush it. No one likes to rush their food.
4. Try giving them part of their usual milk feed before you offer solids if you feel they're really hungry.
5. Start small by offering your baby one or two teaspoons of simple food and gradually increase this over the coming days, taking your baby's lead.
6. If your baby simply isn't interested, leave it and try again another day. There really is no need to rush this process and never feel like you need to force your baby to eat. He or she will when the time is right.
7. Don't expect them to eat much at first as this is whole new experience for them at the beginning it is all about getting them to try and experience new tastes.
8. They can pull some amazing faces when they're trying things for the first time but don't be put off, it doesn't mean they're not enjoying their new adventure with food. But make sure you do have a camera handy!
9. Always stay with your baby when they're eating, just in case they start to choke.
10. Let your baby enjoy touching and holding the food and allow them to feed themselves with their fingers or a spoon as soon as they show an interest. It’s a great way to encourage a baby to enjoy food.
11. When your baby loses interest in the food or turns their head away from the spoon, it's a sure sign they've had enough and you should call it a day. Try not to feel tempted to keep on feeding because this can actually have a negative effect on your baby’s relationship with food. If your baby really is not eating very much and you are worried, it is always best to consult your health visitor to allay any worries.
12. It’s a good idea that whenever you feed your baby, you also take time to sit down and have a little nibble with them, even if it’s a little rice cake, or even better the same thing as they are eating. It’s a great way to introduce family meal times, creating a fun, social, atmosphere around food; as it should be!
Healthy Eating – If you offer your baby healthy foods from the beginning they are much more likely to grow up preferring the healthy options in life, so avoid offering foods with added sugar (fruits offer all the sweetness they need), salty or fatty foods.
Finally relax and embrace the mess! (Granted easier said than done at times, but you know what we mean!)