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Weaning

Weaning your baby is an exciting stage for both of you. Over the next few months, your baby will discover a whole new world of taste and texture. To help you make a smooth start, this section is filled with weaning advice, from weaning basics to how to prepare your own tempting recipes.


  • 01
    What is weaning?

    Your baby’s nutritional needs are constantly changing, and there will come a time when milk alone won’t be enough. This is usually at around 6 months, although some babies are ready for solids earlier. When you see signs that your baby is ready, you can start the process of weaning – introducing them to a variety of foods, which will provide a balanced diet from breakfast through to dinnertime. Read on for more advice on how to introduce your baby to this new experience.

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  • 02
    Recognising the signs of weaning

    Weaning is an important stage of your baby’s development, and it’s important not to rush into it before they’re ready. It is recommended that weaning should start from 6 months and certainly no sooner than 17 weeks. To help you understand when your baby might be ready, we’ve put together some useful information on the key signs of weaning.

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  • 03
    What weaning equipment do I need?

    The right weaning equipment
    The weaning process is an exciting if somewhat messy challenge for any mum and dad. But you can make things easier for yourself by being properly prepared with the right weaning equipment. We’ve listed some of the key essentials to help you prepare for your baby’s first weaning experiences.

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  • 04
    The importance of a balanced diet for babies

    Since no single food can provide all the nutrition your baby needs, it’s important to teach them to enjoy a wide variety of foods. Introducing different types of food will give them the balance of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, and minerals essential for healthy growth and development. The foods your baby eats all play a different role in providing your baby with the variety of food and nutrients they need. Read on to learn more.

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  • 05
    Establishing a good weaning routine

    Being introduced to food and the art of eating are such new experiences for your baby, it can take a bit of time for them to adjust. Establishing a weaning routine will help your baby get used to the idea of weaning, as well as help you feel in control. To start you off, take a look at our advice on when to start weaning, when to feed your baby and what to feed them.

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  • 06
    Teaching your baby to eat

    Your baby was born with the ability to suck and swallow, enabling them to feed from your breast or a bottle. But when they are ready for the process of weaning, they will need to learn how to eat, and get used to the sensation of new tastes and textures. Read on to learn more about this exciting stage of development.

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  • 07
    How do I prepare my own baby food?

    Cooking your own baby food can be satisfying as well as fun. But it’s important that you follow some basic hygiene rules to help ensure your baby’s food is safe and healthy. Take a look at the practical advice we’ve put together to help you prepare nutritious meals for your baby

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  • 08
    Tips for introducing new foods to your baby

    Introducing new foods to your baby is often a matter of trial and error. It can be quite entertaining to see your baby’s reactions to the foods they try! But don’t go by their expression alone to decide whether they like a food or not. Instead, see whether they open their mouth again for a second helping. We’ve put together a few tips to help you encourage your baby to try a wide variety of tastes, which will then help you to give them a more balanced diet.

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  • 09
    Tips for fussy eating babies

    When it comes to food, everyone has their likes and dislikes but babies can sometimes refuse to try anything new, which can be both worrying and frustrating. The key is to try and stay relaxed. It can take up to 15 attempts before a baby accepts a new taste, so be patient and try things gradually. If it doesn’t work one day, just try it again later in the week. Read on for more ideas on how to encourage your baby to eat.

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    Weaning your baby: 4+ months

    Moving on to solids is an exciting change for both you and your baby. As well as meeting their growing nutritional needs, this first stage of weaning helps your baby learn how to take food from a spoon and accept simple, new tastes.

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    Weaning your baby: 7+ months

    Ready for the next stage of weaning.
    Once your baby has mastered the first stage of weaning and is happily accepting simple puréed tastes, they’ll be ready to explore a wider variety of flavours with lumpier textures.

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