Weaning is an exciting and worrying time for parents, it means their little ones are ready to start trying grown up food, but it is hard to know exactly when to start weaning and what to feed your baby to make sure they are getting all the right nutrients.
How do you know that your baby is ready to be weaned?
Every baby is different, as a rule of thumb health visitors will suggest around 6 months, but some babies are ready earlier and some take a little longer. So, what are the signs you need to look for?
- If baby can hold his/her head up on their own
- If baby can sit up without help
- They are able to swallow – you may have noticed that your baby has a little reflex where they push their tongue out when they put things in their mouth, such as food. When this is less prevalent, they are able to swallow better.
- They have developed good hand-eye coordination
Of course, you should always listen to your health visitor’s advice, because as stated earlier, every baby is very different.
When you and your little one are ready to start the weaning process, there is a lot to consider. Do you make your own food? Do you buy prepared sachets? You will need weaning spoons, bibs (a lot of them as weaning is a messy process), flooring coverings and bowls. You may decide to choose to let baby feed themselves by picking up their food, or you may use the spoon-led method, whichever route you go down, it is good to be as prepared as possible and there is a lot of information out there, check out Babease, to help you make the right choices for you and your little one.
Food For Babies
The big decision is whether or not to feed your baby something from the supermarket, or to make your own baby food. Making your own couldn’t be simpler, just cook any vegetables or add fruit to a blender, then blitz them up to a smooth consistency and serve. Ensure that if you have used cooked vegetables, that you allow the mix to cool before serving.
However, for many people, preparing your own baby food is just not practical or something they’d like to do. What’s the alternative? Pre-prepared baby food. You will be aware of baby food in jars no doubt, but now you can also get ready made baby food in sachets and they come in a wide range of flavours!
One of our favourite brands, has to be Babease, who create vegetable-led recipes to give baby the first taste of delicious, savoury food. Babease recipes are available in squeezable packets and are suitable for little ones aged 4 months and up. All of their products are organic, something that is very important to many parents meaning that the vegetables used are as pure as they can be and their recipes are literally just the vegetables –
- No added salt
- No added sugar
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
You can serve the food to baby straight from the packet at room temperature, or even heat it up by standing the sachet in a bowl of hot water to warm it through.
The range is big, so there is lots of delightful recipes for baby to try and enjoy, expanding their taste buds with every bite, but they are easy on baby’s tummy, making the move to solids much easier for them. They produce two stages for the weaning process – delightfully smooth which are perfect for baby’s first taste of food, and then stage two are more textured food, with more ingredients.
Some of our favourite choices from Babease include:
- Sweet Potato, carrot and cauliflower
- Parsnip, carrot and kale
- Banana, pear and coconut water with blueberry, brown rice and quinoa
- Butternut squash, carrot and broccoli
- Pear and mixed berries with coconut water, brown rice and quinoa
- Pumpkin and pea
- Sweet potato, peas and spinach
We think Babease is a wonderful way to introduce your little one to food, their recipes are delicious and adored by babies, you can be safe in the knowledge that you know exactly what your little one is eating, just the same as if you made the food yourself!
To find out more about the range or where to buy, check out their website which is packed full of information on not just their products, but the who weaning process.