Weaning can be such a minefield for parents and nannies. It can be a struggle to know if you’re giving your baby the right amount, what to give when and with guidelines always changing it’s difficult to know what advice to take.
Currently the advice is to start weaning from 6 months, according to the NHS – you can find out more here.
Over our years of nannying we have found these books to be our go to when we revisit weaning…we’ve lost count between the three of us!
We like Annabel Karmel books for the choices and combinations of food, a bit of inspiration perhaps but not neccessarily buying into all the branded equipment. Like all children equipment, having a quick look around can prove more than just financially beneficial for you. Lucy Burney’s book is perfectly matched to families who want to pay extra attention to health benefits of food for young children. I’ve used this book for years and have often gone back and referred to it in my practice, including for snacks for toddlers. This book also has some good suggestions for problems such as constipation.
- Whilst giving your baby new foods to try from a spoon it is also important to include and encourage baby to feed themselves with finger food. Steam veg until really soft so that it is incredible easy for baby to eat..suck! Embrace the mess! It teaches babies so much such as hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, how to feed themselves from an early age. Never leave a baby unattended at any time when they are eating incase of choking.
- Use two spoons, one for you, one for baby. This can help with the most independant of babies that have decided they want to feed themselves from the get go!
- Try same thing several times. Most babies will commonly make a funny face at a new food. This isn’t necessarily because they don’t like it but when you are only used to milk, everything is going to taste pretty strong! By giving things more than once you can also see patterns in any allergies that may occur.
- Record what a baby has eaten during the beginning months-or make a meal plan of what is to come. With life being so busy, it’s hard to remember what is was baby tried at lunchtime. This also becomes an easier way of detecting what is causing any allergies.
- Be happy about this stage. Look happy at your baby to give them encouragement. Eat with your child. We ALWAYS finds this helps the fussiest of children. Even if you are eating later have a tiny bit of what they are having….babies and children love to copy!
And for the future:
- A great way of introducing water to your baby is by using a Babycup. See our post about them here.
- Even though we are talking about introducing food to a baby, we just want to highlight a stage that may arise where your child starts refusing food. For more information about how to get through that stage read here.