TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEANING

 

  • New foods should be started one at a time and in small quantities. Start with a spoon or less and gradually increase the quantity. Initially the baby may look confused, wrinkle the nose, roll the food or spit it out. This is normal. The baby will gradually learn.
  • First make the child to sit up comfortably and then only, start feeding. This will reduce the chances of choking.
  • Give your baby one new food at a time and wait for 4-5 days before starting another. Watch for any allergic reaction such as loose motions, vomiting or rash. If these occur, stop the food and talk to your doctor.
  • Food should be lightly seasoned. Avoid addition of extra salt and spices in your child’s diet.
  • Always prefer home cooked fresh foods are generally over tinned / bottled baby foods. Commercial baby foods are convenient and are in no way superior to home made foods.
  • Giving foods that the rest of the family normally eats before adding to it spices/extra salt, in a mashed form and providing little extra oil/fat and green vegetables is best. It saves time, economical and your baby will get accustomed to the traditional foods.
  • Use a spoon to feed your baby. Do not put solids in a bottle / trainer cup. Foods are initially offered blended with a consistency like thick soup. By 8 months, spoon mashed food should be offered. After 9 months, minced, chopped or pounded food can be offered.
  •  If, after several trials, your baby has an acute dislike for a food, omit that item for a week or two and then try again. If the dislike persists it is better to forget about the food for a while and substitute another.
  • Continue breast feeding and preferably give semisolids after breast feeding. Initially the breast milk forms main food of the baby and the weaning diet is extra. Later, when more semisolids are added, breast milk still continues to remain an important component of the infant’s diet. It should be continued as long as feasible and preferably into the second year of life.
  • Keep in mind that you are feeding an infant with a small stomach capacity that has been used to liquid/semisolid diet only.