As your baby begins to develop and grow, soon it’ll be time to begin weaning. Like any milestone in your child’s life, this can be a joyous time but also a very emotional one for mothers. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, feedings are very intimate times between mothers and their babies. Some mothers might be afraid and unsure about how to begin.
This is normal and you have nothing to fear. This is an exciting step in your baby’s development and we at Chemist Direct are here to help. With over two decades of experience working with the British mothers and leading healthcare brands, we understand the trials and challenges new mothers face.
Weaning your baby and introducing them to soft foods brings its own challenges. In this article, we look at everything new mothers need to know about weaning to help you.
What is Weaning?
Weaning is when you begin introducing soft foods to your baby’s diet. While milk will remain a key part of their diet and a vital source of important nutrients, solid food will slowly become a larger part of it.
This is more than just content tummies. Weaning contributes to a baby’s development and learning. At this stage, they’re becoming more aware of the world around them, this includes flavours. Introducing your baby to new tastes now means they’ll enjoy a wider variety of foods in later life and can help put them on track of enjoying a balanced diet.
You need to remember; weaning is a process that cannot be rushed or hurried. You need patience as you begin gradually introducing purees and soft foods. It can take time and it will be messy.
Is My Baby Ready to Be Weaned?
How can you know if your baby is ready to be weaned? This is a common question new parents ask. While you should wait till your baby is at least six months as a minimum, all babies are different. Some are ready earlier, some take longer.
However, here are some indicators that its the right time to start weaning.
- They can sit up well when supported or when held in your lap
- They have strong neck and head control
- They begin reaching out and grabbing objects
It is important to note that you should not begin weaning and feeding before 17 weeks. If you are unsure about this, see your healthcare provider for further guidance.
What Equipment Do I Need for Weaning?
New mothers and fathers know they need plastic bowls and spoons, and plenty of purees and soft foods to begin weaning. Here are some things you need that you might not have thought of.
- Baby Chair - Very important as it allows your baby to sit upright to eat and play.
- Anti-Bacterial Wipes - Whenever you’re out and about, you’ll need anti-bacterial wipes. You might know how clean your table top is but outside your home, it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Plenty of Bibs - Don’t underestimate how much mess your baby will make.
At Chemist Direct, we understand the challenges new mothers and fathers face when they begin weaning. That is why we work with the best baby brands to provide our customers with the best weaning food and products. Check them out today.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328