How To Start Weaning

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Before you even start down the exciting path of introducing your little one to those amazing first few tastes of food, there is a number of important items you will need to hand! Many parents find that selecting spoons and bowls in a bright and colourful design offers the added advantage of attracting their baby’s attention and keeps them interested in the weaning process. Don’t forget though that it is important to thoroughly wash all feeding equipment in hot soapy water before using it for the first time.

Items You Will Need

 

 

  • Baby Wipes, Muslins or Tissues
  • Somewhere for your baby to sit, i.e. bouncing cradle or highchair
  • Suitable starter food
  • First cup At 6 months, you’ll be starting to wean your baby off the bottle on to a cup or beaker, to protect their teeth (MAM Trainer is great for the transition from bottle/breast to cup)

 

 

  • Blender if you’re making purees
  • Freezer portion trays brilliant for batch making purees
  • Lidded storage pots great for freezing food in early weaning (MAM Food Storage solutions are freezable)

 

 

  • Freezer bags, transfer your ice cubed purees to freezer bags
  • Splash mat, whatever type of weaning you’re doing, splash mats can save your sanity and your kitchen floor

 

How to Start

  1. Select a time when it’s quiet and your baby is relatively contented.
  2. Give them their usual milk feed first before offering any solids (once your baby gets used to being fed with a spoon you’ll be able to offer the solids first and then the milk feed afterwards).
  3. Put a small amount of food into a bowl, this will help to prevent wastage.
  4. Put a bib onto your baby to protect clothes and prevent any spillages.
  5. Sit your baby comfortably into your selected highchair or on your lap, remember you’ll need to be able to keep your little one’s hands out of the way.
  6. Have your wipes or muslin at the ready.
  7. Give the food a stir and test to check the food is at a safe temperature before offering it to your baby.
  8. Offer just the tip of the spoon to begin with, as your baby begins to get used to the idea of solid foods you can slowly start to increase the amount offered.
  9. Be patient. Remember this is a whole new experience for both you and your baby.

Read more information on You and Your baby on the MAM baby website

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Kate Hilton
Katie Hilton is a dual qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her experience has been mainly in labour delivery, postnatal and public/family health setting within both the hospital and community. Katie has experience working with families in both the UK, North America and Asia. Her specialist areas include infant feeding, sleep and child development. Katie currently practices independently as a Midwife and Health Visitor and provides specialist advice to parents and families on behalf of the parenting press and nursery industry brands.