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What is Weaning?

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What is Weaning?

  • Weaning is the time when parents begin to gradually introduce solid foods into their baby’s diet
  • From around 6 months of age a range of solid foods of a suitable texture should be introduced
  • Iron-containing foods, such as baby rice cereal, pureed meat, poultry and fish, tofu and legumes should be the first weaning foods offered to the infant. Then vegetables, fruits and dairy products such as full-fat yoghurt, cheese and custard can be introduced For more, see Stage 1: From 6 Months – First Tastes
  • You should keep giving your baby breast milk or formula until they are 12 months old.

Why Introduce Solids At 6 Months?

  • Breast milk or infant formula will no longer be able to provide your baby adequate nutrition for their growth and development
  • Your baby will have mostly likely progressed with their feeding behaviours, i.e. they are now able to bite and then will be able to chew
  • Their digestive system will be more mature
  • Most babies become interested in the world around them and they want to try new foods

For more information and tips on introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet watch our video.

 

 

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