Weaning tips for busy parents
ONE of my most enjoyable times was when it was time to start weaning my daughter when she turned 6 months and was developmentally ready. This stage of feeding a baby is known as complementary feeding.
I had so much fun experimenting with making different first foods for her. Watching her eat and eventually learning how to feed herself was such a delight. Those moments were truly priceless for me as a mum and as a practicing dietitian.
It was at that moment that I truly learnt the importance of nutrition in nurturing my daughter’s growth and development.
Here are some tips I’d like to share with you to make cooking and feeding your baby fun and hassle-free.
FOCUS ON NUTRITION QUALITY
By the age of 6 months, baby will require a greater amount of calories, vitamins and minerals for continued growth and development. Breast milk alone will not be sufficient to provide all the important nutrients. That is why weaning is introduced to supplement continued breastfeeding by the time baby reaches this age.
When you’re starting to wean your baby, do start with a new food, one at a time.