Top Ten Tips for Weaning Your Baby

lizzie79 By lizzie79, 11th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Weaning is an important part of your baby’s development. Here are ten top tips to help you through this important stage and make it a more enjoyable experience.

1. Offer variety

Babies get used to eating foods that they are given regularly. Therefore it is important to give them a wide range of food from early on to make sure that they will try new tastes. A varied diet is also important in ensuring that your baby gets all the nutrients that they need for healthy growth and development.

2. Take Your Time

It is important to allow plenty of time for eating and not to rush your baby. Follow your baby’s lead in terms of pace and stop feeding them if they have had enough. They may clamp their mouth shut and turn their head if this is the case.

3. Lead by Example

Babies learn how to do things by mimicking the behavior of their parents. Not only should you eat around them so that they learn how to put food in their mouth, you should also eat healthy foods to set an example.

4. Reduce Milk Intake

As your baby begins to eat solids, they will probably want to drink less milk with their feed. Do not stop giving milk altogether as it is important to continue with breastfeeding or giving baby milk formulas for at least a year.

5. Limit Mess

Weaning is a messy process and this can’t be helped. However, it can be helpful to buy a plastic mat to put under the baby’s high chair. This will be easy to wipe clean and will protect your carpet or flooring.

6. Eat Together

Mealtimes can be a great time to bond as a family by being together. It can also reinforce their learning of feeding and social skills. Another reason for eating together is that it can help to establish a routine in a baby so that they know what to expect at different times of the day.

7. Serve Finger Foods

Giving your baby finger foods will help them to learn to feed themselves. Also, it is a great way of them trying out new and different foods and is a fun way of eating. Babies love to explore by touching things.

8. Persevere

Just because your baby has rejected a particular food the first time that you have given it to them, it doesn't mean that you should give up. It can take a while for a baby to get used to different tastes and textures so it is worth trying them on different foods repeatedly. Try, try and try again.

9. Make Homemade Baby Food

There are several advantages to feeding your baby with homemade baby food. First of all, it is made with fresh produce that is full of the nutrients that your baby needs. A second advantage is that it is likely to be less expensive than buying jars of baby food. Finally, it is easy to make several portions at once that can be divided into the right portion size and frozen until you need it, thus saving time and effort.

10. Sit Baby Up

It is important that your baby is sat up properly. This is because it can prevent them from choking on food and it also gives them the opportunity to explore their food.

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Babies, Baby, Development, Food, Parenting, Weaning

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author avatar lizzie79
I am a mum of four who has worked as a professional freelance writer for the past five years and formerly worked in education. I love to write about education, parenting, fashion, health, and travel.

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