What is weaning?

Weaning is the transition from milk to solid food.

At around six months of age, your baby will start to need nutrients not available in adequate amounts in their milk alone. This is why it is important they are introduced to solid food that starts to meet these additional nutritional needs while breast or bottle feeding continues up to two years of age or beyond.

Once your little one reaches this amazing milestone of weaning, you may have tonnes of questions from “is my baby ready” to “what food should I try first?”.

Check out this page for hints and tips to help you on your weaning journey.

Signs your baby is ready for weaning

There are a number of things to consider as you approach the weaning or complimentary feeding stage.

For example, can your little one sit up? It’s ok if the need a little extra support from you.

Can they grasp objects and bring them to their mouths? Are they interested in your food and perhaps try to grab from your plate, and can they hold their head steady and move around from side to side?

Babies are born with a natural liking for sweet food so it’s good to get them trying mostly vegetables at first, especially the more bitter ones like broccoli or spinach. Don’t worry if they don’t seem to like it at first, perseverance is during weaning.

The Wafers from Kiddylicious are a great first food as little ones can learn to gum, chew, swallow and practice self-feeding.

If you have any concerns regarding your little ones diet we recommend you consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Food to give at each stage of your little ones development

If weaning with purees then you can progress steadily through the stages from thin to thicker purees...

Food to give at each stage of your little ones development

If weaning with purees then you can progress steadily through the stages from thin to thicker purees and onto a mashed or thicker consistency and eventually minced or chopped foods as well as larger pieces of food such as protein and carbohydrate groups for example fish or chicken and potato.

If you’re going down the puree route then offer single flavours first based on a range of vegetables. Try and focus on vegetables over fruit as little ones have a natural preference for sweeter tastes so it’s a good idea for them to become accustomed to savoury flavours early on.

Good first vegetables in include early on include spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and kale due to the bitter notes they contain.

Once you’ve offered single flavours you can move onto blends, perhaps combining a protein with vegetables for example salmon and sweet potato or chicken and broccoli.

Soft vegetable batons make great first finger foods and over time and as your little ones eating skills improve these can be introduced as raw batons alongside other easy to handle foods such as pasta spirals or broccoli florets.

Grated foods such as carrot or cheese are great for getting your little one practicing their pincer grip. This usually happens between 9 and 12 months.

Kiddylicious have created products that have been specially developed for each stage in the weaning journey so your little ones are soon eating healthy, balanced meals with the rest of the family.

If you have any concerns regarding your little ones diet we recommend you consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

How important are chunks?

Over time your little one will progress from trying purees to perhaps some first finger foods...

How important are chunks?

Over time your little one will progress from trying purees to perhaps some first finger foods to moving food and soft lumps around their mouth as well as using their lips to clear food from a spoon. Soon enough they’ll be accepting a wide range of food, as eaten by the entire family.

Chewing improves the strength and coordination of the jaw area which is required for speech development. The more variety of texture and shapes they are given in food at a younger age, the more receptive they will be to a wide range of food later in life.

If you keep your little one on the puree stage for too long, it may be more difficult for them to accept lumps and finger foods.

Some great finger foods include cubes of hard cheese, flaked fish, wedges of hard boiled eggs, soft cooked pasta shapes, slices of avocado or soft-cooked vegetables such as carrots, courgettes or broccoli. Don’t delay introducing these types of foods for fear of choking as your little one may become hesitant to trying new textures as time goes on.

Try to relax and enjoy this exciting time.

If you have any concerns regarding your little ones diet we recommend you consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Tips for feeding your little one in their first year

There are a number of foods that should be avoided in your little ones first year....

Tips for feeding your little one in their first year

There are a number of foods that should be avoided in your little ones first year.

Firstly, honey should not be given as it may lead to infant botulism. This is because honey contains a bacteria which can cause this illness in little ones under 12months.

Halving foods such as grapes and cherry tomatoes will minimise risk of choking and you should always check for any bones in fish or meat before cooking and serving.

We recommend your little one avoids whole nuts due to the possible choking risk. From 6 months it’s fine to use crushed nuts or nut butters in meals, however try and choose those with no added salt or sugar.

Fruit juice should be avoided due to it’s high sugar content which can lead to tooth decay and you should not give your little ones processed meat where possible due to it’s high salt content.

We recommend that you consult your doctor or health care professional if there are allergies in your family and you have concerns about your child’s health with regards to these types of foods.

How much food should I give my little one at each stage?

The complimentary feeding or weaning stage provides new tastes, textures and nutrients as well as...

How much food should I give my little one at each stage?

The complimentary feeding or weaning stage provides new tastes, textures and nutrients as well as introducing your little one to the social element of eating with family.

How much your little one eats can vary so much at this young age depending on how they feel each day. Are they teething, tired or unwell? Also how much they’ve moved around can affect how much they eat each day.

Try and stay calm even if they don’t eat everything you offer them. Just ensure to offer a wide variety of foods over time. Try offering vegetables before fruit for their first tastes as little ones already have a liking for sweetness so it’s good to get them familiar with savoury flavours too.

To begin with, it may only be a few teaspoons but as they grow more will be eaten at each meal. It’s important for your little one to regulate their own appetite, so do allow them some control and be led by your baby. If they are curious and attempt to grab the spoon too then don’t stop them and be prepared for the fact that it will get messy.

Also aim to recognise signs for when your little one is full and has eaten enough. Perhaps they refuse to open their mouth anymore or they turn their head away to avoid further spoonful’s of food. It’s useful to note that all babies are different, and they can differ in the amount they eat so persistence is vital. It’s exciting to see little ones becoming used to the feel and texture of different food.

For more information on portion sizes for your little ones, go to our Portion Control page.

If you have any concerns regarding your little ones diet we recommend you consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

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Perfect snacks for weaning!

Whether you are baby-led weaning or trying more traditional methods, we have the ideal range of first snacks for your little one. They all have a delicate texture so they melt in the mouth and are easy for little hands to hold.

Kids Food Wafers Maxi Strawberry

Wafers Maxi

Strawberry

Kids food fruity puffs blueberry

Fruity Puffs

Blueberry

Kids food, snack Ha-Pea Snaps

Ha-Pea Snaps

Kids food soft biscotti banana

Biscotti

Banana

Kids food soft biscotti apple

Biscotti

Apple

Kids food soft biscotti strawberry

Biscotti

Strawberry

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