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How to cope with a weanager

Written by Steven White

Introducing your baby to solids needn’t be a daunting task, says baby snack brand Organix.

You’ve got to grips with milk feeds and settled into a nice routine… and then it’s time to introduce solids. But where do you start? And when? And how? Sail through the ‘weanage’ years with our expert guide from baby snacking brand Organix.

When is the best time to start weaning? Four months? Six months? The advice is very confusing!

All UK health departments and the World Health Organisation recommend nothing but breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. Babies are rarely developmentally read for solid food before about six months of age.

How do I know if my baby’s ready to start having solids?

At around six months most babies will show signs they are ready for solid food. The important thing to remember is that if your baby is ready, all three of these signs will be there:

  1. Coordinate their eyes, hand and mouth, and can look at food, grab it and put it in their mouth by themselves.
  2. Stay in a sitting position and can hold their head steady.
  3. Swallow their food. Small babies instinctively use their tongues to push foreign objects out of their mouths. And until this reflex fades, they are likely to do the same thing to a spoon or a piece of banana.
What are the best things to give to my baby when we first start introducing solids?

Try smooth baby cereal or baby rice mixed with your little one’s usual milk. You can introduce pureed or mashed veggies or fruit. Good starter foods include pureed ripe bananas, cooked apples, pears carrot spinach, potato or peas. From six months your baby can also try finger foods like avocado and banana. And also soft cooked and cooled sticks of veg and fruit like sweet potato, carrot apple or pear.

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