Weaning is a lovely time for you and your baby as you start to introduce a whole world of new foods.
Weaning is when you give your baby any food other than milk for the first time and it is an important step on the road to eating family meals. Weaning also helps to develop all of the muscle baby is going to need for speech, so there are lots of good reasons to get started.
When to wean? Start to wean your baby close to six months of age - but some babies may be ready earlier than this! Just remember that your baby must be at least 17 weeks old before they start to wean, no matter how hungry they seem to be - their digestion is just not ready for solid food before 17 weeks.
Why wean? By the time a baby is 6 months old they will be starting to run out of stores of key nutrients like iron, zinc and vitamins A and D - and milk alone will no longer be enough. It is also essential to start babies off with a variety of tastes, and later on textures, that they need to learn to be able to eat healthy throughout their life.
Siobhan Berry of MummyCooks.ie shares some tips and delicious recipes for weaning your baby onto solid food.