8 Tips for Starting Baby Weaning
Introducing solid foods to your baby is an exciting stage for you both. There isn't a right or wrong way to go about it. Take it as it comes with your little one. If there is anything you aren't certain about, we recommend reaching out to a specialist. Here are a few tips that we have put together for you as you get started weaning your baby.
1. Signs Your Baby is Ready to Start Trying Out Solid Foods
It is recommended to start introducing solids foods to your baby around 6 months old. Once they reach this age, establish the following:
- Does your baby have good neck and head control?
- Can they sit upright with little difficulty?
- Do they show interest in your food when you're eating?
- Do they reach out and try grab your food?
- Do they open their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon?
Babies show signs at different stages. Sometimes later than 6 months and that's okay. Feel it out and see what works best for your baby.
2. Avoid Feeding Your Baby When They Are Over-Tired & Not Hungry
It will be better for you both if you start a feed once your little one has had a nap and not in a grumpy, uncooperative mood. This way you can avoid frustrated meltdowns and a potential big mess!
3. Signs Your Baby is Hungry
Keep an eye out for these signs that your baby is hungry:
- They get super excited in their high chair when they spot you prepping their food for eating time.
- They open their mouths happily and with ease when you lift a spoonful of food to feed them.
- They lean towards you when seated in their high chair, waiting for their next spoonful of food.
4. Signs Your Baby Has Had Enough Food
You don't want to overfeed your baby, as that can lead to acid reflux or even a little accident. It's better to stop, put down the spoon and pick up later rather than forcing them to finish up. Two signs that your baby is full:
- Not opening their mouth as willingly for another spoonful of food.
- Moving their head from side to side when offered more food.
5. There Is Going to Be Mess, But Don't Worry About It
Starting solids and mess go hand in hand. It can't be avoided. Most of the food will probably end up on their bib, all over their high chair and on the floor. Don't stress about how much food your baby ingests during the beginning stages of eating solids. This time for them is all about learning.
6. Take Your Time When Introducing New Foods
After introducing a new food to their diet take a week or so before moving onto another new food. Give them the time to figure out the texture and flavour. Should your baby have any allergic reactions to certain foods, you will be able to easily identify which food is responsible due to taking the time in between each food.
7. Use Two Spoons During Feeding
This is a great way to encourage your little one to grab their own spoon start feeding themselves. While they are finishing off one spoonful load up the next spoon and leave it resting in their bowl for their next mouthful.
8. Make A List Of Foods to Introduce & Foods to Avoid
Take the time to do some research, speak to a specialist or reach out the mamas that have already been on the solids journey. Make a list of the foods you plan to introduce to your little one and at what age. Then make a list of foods that are best avoided. Stick it on the fridge or save it on your phone. This way you can always revert back to it when planning their next meal and the whole family is on the same page.
There really is no right or wrong way. Rock the best way that works for you and your baby.
Good luck, Mama! ❤