Your baby would be completely reliant on your milk for the first six months. Weaning is the process of slowly introducing solid foods. Weaning is expanding your childs diet, adding solids to improve his nutrition. There are two main approaches like traditional weaning and baby led weaning. The main focus of this session is learning what is traditional weaning and what are its advantages and disadvantages.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT
Your baby will be developmentally ready to take solid foods when she is six months. She will be able to sit, will have a good head control and will be curious to eat solids. Moreover, she will have an increased appetite and will require extra nutrients like iron and zinc which she will manage to get from the solid foods.Traditional weaning versus baby led weaning
Which type of weaning method you are planning to opt is completely dependent on you. Here we are listing the pros and cons of each of the weaning methods.Traditional weaning
In this approach you take the initiative of feeding your baby. You will start with purees, then mashed and chopped foods, then get transitioned into finger foods and small bites.
· You can clearly visualize how much your child is eating
· As you are feeding, the surrounding will be less messy
· You can get to know what type of food your child is interested in consuming.
· As you feed your baby, chances of choking are less.
· Your child will get the right amount of nutrients as the dishes are specific to him
· You may try to overfeed and will try to finish the foods on the plate.
· Feeding time will be longer and you have to be patient enough.
· You have to make separate meals for your child
· Sometimes your baby may be comfortable with purees and you tend to prepare the same. Introducing a different texture would be difficult in the later stages.
· Sometimes eating outside food would be difficult for your child.Baby led weaning
In this approach, you will practice your baby to self feed from the beginning. You can begin finger foods and allow them to explore solid foods on their own.Advantages
· Your child will become independent
· Your baby will stop when they feel their stomach is full. This will help them not to become overweight.
· Whole of your family can eat together.
· Babies are on family food from day one and no separate meals will be required.Disadvantages
· It becomes difficult to predict how much your baby has eaten
· The surrounding will become very messy
· As several foods are introduced at one time, identifying food allergies will be difficult.
· Risk of choking and gagging are little more in baby led weaningHow to make the process interesting?
· Making your child to taste a variety of foods is more important than the quantity. Make the experience of introducing solid foods a positive one.
· Soft cooked vegetables, soft fruits and cereals are the ideal choices.
· When your baby is 7 to 8 months, you can plan for three small meals each day.
· Try to include your baby in family meals.
· Use different cookie cutters and try different recipes.
· Offer foods that are rich in omega fatty acids which help boost your baby’s brain development.
· Understand that every child is different.
· Don’t force them to eat.Precautions
· Always be careful with food allergies, choking and gagging.
· Introduce new foods in the morning. If there are any signs of allergy, you can notice in the evening.
· Never leave your baby alone while eating.
· Make them sit in an erect position.
Weaning is an important transition in your child’s life. Children need time to get used to solid foods. Make the process interesting. Happy weaning.