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Tips for weaning
Weaning Diet for 7-9 months baby
Baby Feeding » Weaning
When your baby is between 4 and 6 months old, he may begin to demand more food and still seem unsatisfied. This is when you should start thinking about introducing solids. It is not advisable to begin earlier because his digestive system will not be able to cope. Feeding your baby solids too early can also lead to obesity and food allergies. If you notice your baby reaching for the food on your plate, it is probably time to think about introducing solid foods.
Getting Started
Avoid starting solids if your baby is teething or feeling unwell. Choose a time when he is happy and settled and not ravenously hungry.
Otherwise, he will be less willing to be persuaded into experimenting with different tastes and textures.
Don't worry if he spits the food out. At this stage, he is learning to cope with this new experience. It is sufficient if the baby takes one spoonful and continues with the rest of his milk feed. He would have had his first taste. Over the next few weeks, offer a variety of different tastes, allowing a couple of days between each new food to ensure it doesn't upset your baby.
Sit your baby on your lap.
Take a small amount of food mixed with a little breast / bottle milk and gently put it onto his lips.
Use a small, flat or special baby spoon.
Do not push the spoon too far into your baby's mouth or he will choke.