Start Weaning – The Right Way!
Let’s get started with weaning It’s important to start confidently as you introduce your little ones to the joys of having a healthy diet. Here we’ll give you the knowledge that you require to make informed choices about the food that you provide your growing baby. The BNF Healthy Eating Week The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week 2018 is on 11th – 15th June. As this initiative encourages and helps people make confident choices about the food they eat and the food that they give to their children we’ll be joining in, answering the questions that you may have about healthy weaning. The basics How do we know how much of each nutrient we need at each stage of life, from birth to older age? The BNF help here, they have a fantastic explanation of the nutrients found in food. Most people should be able to get all the nutrients they need by eating a healthy, varied diet, although there are a few exceptions. For example, if you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant, it is recommended that you take a folic acid supplement daily until the 12th week of pregnancy to help prevent deformities such as spina bifida developing in your baby. When to start weaning? The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. This is based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines because of the strong evidence of the benefits for both mother and child. Breast milk (or infant formula) will usually provide all the energy, nutrients and fluids that your baby needs to grow and develop healthily during the first 6 months of life. Wean your baby at the right time – around 6 months What’s the healthy way to start weaning? The BNF advises that you begin by mixing a teaspoon of one of the following foods with your baby’s usual breast or formula milk:
- Non–wheat cereals, such as baby rice
- Mashed or puréed fruit: soft fruits such as banana or avocado, or cooked fruit such as pear or apple
- Mashed or puréed cooked vegetables, such as carrot, potato, sweet potato, or parsnip