When do you know that your baby is ready for solids?
Basically, when your baby starts telling you they’re still hungry. Don’t worry, they’ll let you know. They might:
- start demanding feeds more often
- still be hungry after their bottle – even if you’ve increased the amount you’re giving
- start to wake for an extra feed – instead of sleeping right through
- start chewing their hands, or putting other things in their mouth
- begin to take a real interest in what the rest of the family is eating
What baby eats in the first few months helps influence their taste buds and preferences for years to come. They also have a real affect on their short and long-term health.
But we’re often so afraid of doing the wrong thing that moving baby on to solid food ends up being stressful. But it really should be the most natural – and easiest – thing in the world. Mums and dads have been doing this for millennia.
Armed with just a few practical tips, weaning and feeding baby becomes an important and fun bonding opportunity
When to start
Every baby’s different, but government guidelines recommend waiting until your baby’s about six months. That’s because it’s when they start needing nutrients you can’t find in milk alone. If your baby is ready earlier, our range of stage 1 purees will be perfect for them.
When you’re ready, take a look at this extra info. Again, it’s really practical info. Things like hygiene prep, storing and cooking.
And how much?
Again, every baby is different. Here you’ll find some pointers what they’ll need and when – broken down into stages.
There’s more info about weaning here.