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We've put together for you a week-by-week to guide help you through the weaning process and to show you what foods are good to introduce to your baby and which foods you should avoid.
Introducing your baby to food is an exciting time with a loads of new tastes and textures for your baby to try, so make sure you keep the process fun and exciting to encourage your little one to try as many different foods as possible.
Week 1What to giveTry offering your baby rice and purees of single vegetables – for example, carrot, parsnip, potato, courgette or cauliflower.How much to giveWhen you are first starting the weaning process, it is best to just offer a few teaspoonfuls a day to get your baby used to the new food. If your baby does show interest in more, then do give it to her.
Week 2What to giveWhen you get into the second week, start to introduce purees of fruit like apple, pear or mashed banana.How much to giveTwo servings a day, if your baby is happy to take it.
Week 3What to giveIf your baby is now over six months, try introducing dairy products like mild Cheddar cheese or unsweetened natural yoghurt.How much to giveBy this point of the weaning process you can give your baby two meals a day.
Weeks 4-5What to giveWhen your baby is six months plus, you can introduce purees of protein-rich foods like chicken, lean meat or lentils.How much to giveBy this stage, your baby should be happy to take two or three meals a day, with at least one serving of protein.
Weeks 6-9What to giveOnce you get into the sixth week of weaning your baby, you can start to try citrus fruits, hard-boiled eggs, wheat-based foods (bread, pasta, etc), strawberries, boneless fish.Introduce lumpier foods, and, from seven months, finger foods like breadsticks or chunks of fruit help them learn to develop their tastes and textures.How much to giveBy your sixth or so week, your baby ideally will be having three meals a day.
Weeks 9-12What to giveYour baby should now be expecting solid foods and be used to a variety of tastes and textures. At this point you can introduce small, unsalted portions of normal ‘adult’ food, chopped up, and do encourage her to eat with the family.How much to giveYour baby should be on three meals a day, with healthy snacks in between, if she’s hungry.
These easy steps should help you and your baby on the way to a successful weaning process. For more information about weaning and foods available visit ????????.
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