Weaning is a new stage of baby development. Mother should learn carefully before training baby to solids, from how to start, how to feed children to baby weaning equipment. It is important to practice solids for your baby to understand your baby’s needs.
Many parents are working hard to train their baby to eat properly and fully with nutrients . However, do you know how to effectively wean your baby and still help him enjoy the new food? Let’s find out with us .
How should mom start feeding baby solids?
After the first 6 months of life, mothers can start to practice solids for babies. Because babies are born with a tongue-pushing reflex, babies will push their tongue against a spoon or anything else that comes into the mouth, including food. Most of these reflexes will go away by the time your baby is 4–5 months old, so you should wait until the reflex goes away before starting to introduce solids. Please consult your pediatrician at the fourth month exam to see when your baby should start solids.
Mom can start solids at any time of the day, as long as it suits the baby. To reduce the risk of food choking , let your baby sit upright when starting solids. If the baby cries or turns away when the mother tries to feed the baby, don’t force the baby. You can return to breastfeed or bottle feed for a week or two, then try again.
An easy way for your baby to practice weaning is to breastfeed first, then switch to half a teaspoon of very small food and finally more breast milk. This will create the link between the satisfaction of breastfeeding and the new experience of spoon-feeding.
Which tools should mothers use when feeding the baby?
There are many baby food snacks available. Mothers should use spoon when feeding baby to reduce esophageal reflux . Besides, mothers need to practice babies to get used to the process of sitting upright to eat, eating with a spoon, resting between meals and stopping when the baby is full. This will help lay the foundation for good eating habits in your baby’s life in the future.
Adult scoops may be too large to use at this time. Mothers can feed the baby with a small teaspoon or a plastic spoon to avoid injuries during the feeding process. You should begin to feed your baby with a half teaspoon of food and talk with your baby throughout the feeding process. Your baby probably won’t know what to do with the first few meals. Babies may be confused, wrinkled their nose, trick food around their mouths or don’t want to eat. This is a very understandable reaction because the baby has yet to adapt to the new way of eating and foods.
As your baby’s diet begins to vary and your baby begins to eat more often on his own, talk with your nutritionist to find out the diet that’s best for your baby.
The method of giving baby snacks is easy
Traditional weaning (feeding method)
In this method, mothers use a spoon to put pureed and crushed food into the baby’s mouth. Gradually change the food to thicker and firmer food until your baby becomes interested in adult food. Traditional weaning is a popular method due to its simplicity and convenience. Parents can feed their babies all the foods they want and know about the time when the baby progresses.
However, according to a study by Medical Daily , traditional weaning by feeding the baby with a spoon can cause obesity and picky appetite in the future. During the weaning phase, the baby’s main source of nutrition is still breast milk. Feeding your baby a lot of food makes it easier for them to become obese and difficult to absorb nutrients from breast milk.
In addition, your baby will have difficulty recognizing the taste of each food when the food is pureed and mixed. Parents will find it difficult to know what is the taste, food that their child likes or what can cause allergies for the baby.
Infants younger than 6 months old are not able to self-feed. You should consult your doctor and health professionals before starting to wean your baby. Before your baby is six months old, you should avoid giving your baby certain foods to avoid the risk of choking.
The method for the baby to eat by himself
Contrary to the above method, letting your baby eat by himself is when you give your baby a moderate amount of food and let your baby eat by himself. With this method, you should prepare food so that your baby can easily hold and pick it up. In this way, the later weaning process will become a true joy to discover the combination of food and fun for your baby. In order for your baby to feed on their own, he or she will tend to easily participate in family meals early and use a variety of foods on the family table.
Methods to wean your baby on their own is good if:
- You are not afraid of mess, for sure everything will be very messy
- The object that babies use to feed themselves will be spoon or hand pick
- You do not like giving your baby powder
- You love the idea of letting your baby explore their own food and you’re ready to let your baby play before / during / after your baby’s food
- Allowing your baby to eat the foods he chooses on his own means that he will eat longer than when you feed him, and sometimes even less.
Weaning method with chewing bag and squeeze bottle
Chewing bags for babies to eat more and more are more and more parents choosing. With chewing bags, parents give raw foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and softened fish are put into a bag with lots of food drainage holes, and then let your baby chew. As for squeezers, parents give liquid foods such as porridge or flour.
The advantage of this method is that the food in the chew bag is not spilled. The flexible bag will not hurt the baby’s tongue and gums, mothers will no longer have to worry about choking problems in the baby. Moreover, the bag is also easy to wash with soap or boil it in boiling water.
Depending on your baby’s situation as well as your psychology, you will choose the best weaning method for your baby. If you still have questions or concerns about this issue, please consult your doctor or pediatric nutritionist for advice and prompt answers.