Weaning Guide: Getting Started on Solid Foods
At 6 months old, babies undergo a period of rapid growth. During which time, their nourishment from milk can be supplemented by the additional nutrients provided by solid foods. Depending on the pace of their development, they will eventually undergo the process of weaning or complementary feeding, wherein solid foods are gradually integrated to their daily nutrition.
As your baby starts to wean, he is introduced to many new flavours, which in turn helps in acquiring more new tastes. This is a key precursor in developing a healthier, balanced diet as he grows up. Eventually, you'll be able to increase the amount and variety of food your baby eats, until he can eat the same as the rest of the family, in smaller portions.
It is highly recommended to begin complementary feeding at no earlier than six months. Do take note of the following reminders throughout the process:
- It can take up to 10 times before a baby can accept new food.
- Before introducing a new variety to your little one, wait three to four days to get him settled on one type of food first before moving onto the next.
- When you start weaning, milk remains the main source of nutrition for your baby.
Though babies have different needs when it comes to weaning, there are some general tips you can follow. Here’s a simple roadmap to help get you started.
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