Weaning is the process of introducing your baby to soft or solid foods while reducing milk feeds.
Your baby is likely to be ready for solid foods from around six months old.
The NHS advice is to keep up milk or formula feeds until your baby is at least a year old.
Weaning helps your baby develop chewing and swallowing reflexes. There are two main styles: baby-led weaning, and puree (spoon) feeding. Lots of parents try both, sometimes at the same meal.
Whichever you use, the early stages are about letting your baby have fun with new flavours and sensations.
With baby-led weaning, you give you baby finger foods to handle and eat at their own pace. As well as learning to feed themselves, they learn how to stop eating when they’re full.
There’s less prep involved with baby-led weaning. And because the whole family can eat together, it can feel more sociable.
With spoon feeding, you lead the way. This can make mealtimes less messy. Your baby may also be less likely to gag or struggle to chew. Some parents find it easier to introduce tricky flavours by spoon first.
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