When to Start Solid Foods
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Weaning is such an exciting time for you and your child, as you introduce them to a world of lovely, nutritious food!
Knowing when to give your little one certain foods can ensure they get what they need from the weaning process.
Weaning is all about first tastes for your budding foodie. Here at Babease, we’ve supported new parents through their journey with our baby weaning food, and our blog is full of helpful advice to give you all the support you need.
If you’re unsure about when to start with solid foods or what foods are best for your baby, check out our helpful graphic below!
When Should I Start Weaning?
The NHS and Public Health England recommend starting the weaning process at around six months. However, every baby is different – some may be able to start earlier, while others might take longer. If you’re ever unsure, speak to a healthcare professional who will help you make the right choice for your little one.
The Weaning Signs
Often, the best way to tell whether your little one is ready for weaning is to look for signs in their behaviour that show their readiness.
These signs include:
- Your baby sitting up and being able to hold their head steady.
- Your baby being able to co-ordinate their hands, eyes and mouth so they can bring food to their mouth.
- Swallowing food instead of pushing it out with their tongue. If they are pushing it out, don’t worry –babies grow out of this habit eventually!
What Foods Should I Choose for Weaning?
What food you choose to give your budding foodie will depend on their stage of the weaning journey.
For the first stage, they should get small tastes of mashed or pureed vegetables, like broccoli, carrot, or sweet potato.
When they reach around seven months, babies will need iron-rich foods. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Dark vegetables
- Meat and fish
- Beans and lentils
During stage two, your little one will begin to eat foods more regularly, along with a larger variety.
When your little one reaches stage three after a few months, they will be ready to try more adventurous meals and textures. At this stage, they might begin to have three meals a day, as they start to reduce their reliance on milk feeds.
Babease Top Tip
The weaning journey is as much about experiencing new foods as anything else. Therefore, try to provide as much variety as possible for your little one. Exposing them to a wide variety of nutritious foods during weaning will help them make a positive first step in their lifelong relationship with food!
Discover the rest of our blogs, which are full of helpful advice for the weaning journey. If you’re stuck for food ideas, why not check out our recipes section, perfect for parents and little ones alike!