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This section is about tips and advice for starting weaning. Please feel free to add to, as I will as I am sure I have missed something!.

If there is a specific issue, for example baby refusing food, it would be best started as a new topic so that it can be referred to easily.

Most babies are ready for soild foods between 4-6 months. Weaning should not be delayed beyond 6 months of age. Premature babies will be ready at different times.

The main aim at this first stage is to get your baby used to the idea of taking food from a soft rounded weaning spoon. Your baby needs to learn to move solid (pureed) food from the front of their tongue to the back inorder to swallow it. As your baby learns to swallow efficiently the drooling may decrease.

Signs that your baby is ready for weaning includes:
1. Still being hungry after finishing a good feed, despite having an increase in milk
2. Holding headup- its important that your baby is able to maintain a steady upright position with support.
3. Shows curiosity in what you are eating. May try and grab cups or food (important not to hold hot drinks with babies).
4. Some babies drop slightly on their centile charts. Do not worry if they do. Some professionals will recommend starting weaning when your baby has doubled their birth weight.
5. Starts to demand feeds more often.
6. After sleeping through the night, may start waking again to be fed.

Getting Started.
Having decided that your baby is ready for weaning make sure you invest in a soft rounded weaning spoon and feeding bowl.

You can fed either before, during or after a milk fed. However, if feeding before make sure that your baby isnt hungry as the chances are they will not accept the solids. Up to now your baby has been used to a continual flow of milk. They will not understand why there is a delay or what is expected of them. If hungry they just want their milk!

Initially offer about 1-2 teaspoons of pureed food (soupy solution). Pick a time that is convenient for both of you. Take your time and go at your babys pace.

At first your baby will seem to eat very little, be upset, may even refuse or spit the food out. Dont worry. Just try again the following day. Be patient and remember that it will take time for this new skill to be learnt.

When eating about 3 tablespoons, introduce another meal time. When your baby is able to swallow the food easily gradually thicken the texture.

Slowly increase the amount of solids so that your baby is on 3 meals a day. You may find that your baby may drop some milk. Once on 3 meals a day, your baby still needs approx 500-600ml (pint) of formula milk a day. Babies who are still being breast fed will continue to demand fed. Cows milk can be introduced as a drink from 12 months. Even though solid foods will gradually replace some of your baby's milk feeds, breast milk or formula milk will remain an important source of nutrition until the age of one.

Remember every baby is different and you will have to be lead by your babys' needs.
 

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