There is a lot you can do in the early stages of weaning to help your baby learn to enjoy food and to avoid fussiness at meal times. Here are some tips to help you and your baby, on your journey of discovery of food.
- Experiencing a wide variety of flavours early on will help lay the foundations for a healthy, confident eater and make them more open to new tastes
- Be prepared to offer a certain food many times over, even if it is initially rejected. Babies may need to be offered some foods on more than eight occasions before they are accepted
- Include a range of different coloured foods to keep things interesting and fun, for example, red pepper, carrots and broccoli
- After seven months of age, once your baby is confidently eating purees, start to introduce soft lumps. Early introduction of lumps in food has been shown to lead to fewer feeding difficulties later on
- Once you start weaning, try to eat together as a family whenever you can. If you or the rest of the family can eat something similar at the same time, all the better
- As time goes on, your baby will want to play with their food and try to feed themselves. This should be encouraged. Let them get messy and encourage self-feeding by introducing finger foods and letting your baby hold the spoon. Food is a whole new world to be explored and your baby needs to be allowed to experiment and experience it with all their senses.
Speak to your GP for weaning before 6 months