How to start weaning
Getting started…how do I to start weaning?
With thanks to Sarah Almond-Bushell, MPhil, BSc (Hons) RD, MBDA, Registered Dietitian & Children’s NutritionistI wanted to write this blog as it’s all very well knowing you are ready to start weaning and having the right bowl, spoons, highchair and bibs but when it comes to giving that first meal often mums are hesitant. You might be a bit nervous, you might also be excited and your mind might be racing with things like what food should I start with, what time of day should I choose, where should I sit, or should I stand and what will I do if my baby doesn’t like it. This is all completely normal. Here’s what you need to know to start weaning your baby:
What food should I start with?Babies who are introduced to vegetables first are more likely to be eating vegetables when they grow into older children. Giving a different single vegetable at each meal for the first week or two and repeating them often afterwards helps your baby gets used to the taste. The research suggests it’s best to start with bitter vegetables first. This is because the sweeter ones like butternut squash, carrot or sweet potato will be more readily accepted as babies sweet taste buds are mature. Bitter veggies include:
- Green beans
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