• Your checklist

  • weaning

    Spoons– Get your little one involved by giving them a spoon. Use bright colourful plastics spoon as these will appeal to your little one.

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    Bowls– Once again colourful bowls will appeal to your little one and a durable bowl is best becauase it will be knocked to the floor a number of times.

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    Bibs– Be prepared for a mess and have a number of bibs that are ideally made from quick drying fabric.

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    Chair– Ensure that the place you are feeding your little one is comfortable. They must be sitting up straight and have support for their head if needed.

  • If you’re making your own lovely blends you will also need:
  • Blender/ liquidiser– These are very useful for blending the purées to the perfect consistency for your little one.

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    Steamer– Steaming vegetables lock in the nutrients which are lost when you boil making this a healthy method of cooking for your little one.

  • Freezable containers– They allow you to freeze purées and defrost only what you need saving you loads of time.

As a new Mum I found weaning a very confusing time. There was a lot of contradictory information out there, especially about when to start. Even the official infant weaning guidelines seemed to change between me having my two boys! The following is what I learned about introducing complementary foods.

First Foods – Not too early & not too late!

No: Before 17 weeks (4 months)

Maybe: 17-26 weeks (4-6 months) – read on!

Yes: At 26 weeks (6 months)

The World Health Organisation recommends that the introduction of weaning foods be delayed until the infant is 6 months old but it is important that infants are not introduced to complementary (first /weaning) foods later than 6 months. Due to the natural variation in physiological requirements of individual infants, research has shown that some infants may require complementary foods before the age of 6 months to support optimal growth and development.

Weaning is the time to introduce as wide a range of flavours as possible. The wider the range of tastes introduced during weaning, the more adventurous your little one’s pallet & tastes will be and the more likely they are to have a balanced, nourishing diet in later life. As your little one becomes older it will become more difficult to introduce foods that they have not previously experienced.

  • Signs that your little one is ready for solids
  • Doesn’t seem satisfied after a milk feed or starts to demand feeds more frequently over a time period of more than 1 week.
  • May start to wake at night to be fed, having previously slept through.
  • Seems hungry between milk feeds.
  • Show an interest in food, perhaps reaching out for food.
  • Watching others with interest when they are eating (My two little boys began to watch every bite I took, watching the fork of food from my plate to my mouth, up and down, up and down for every bite.)
  • Show an increased need to chew, and dribbles more frequently.
  • Start to put toys or other things, e.g.fists into mouth to explore the taste and texture.
  • Should be able to sit up supported.
  • These developmental signs are generally seen between 4 & 6 months and this seems to be the best time to start solids because from this age, infants learn to accept new tastes and textures