We’ve teamed up with eumom to give you all the best information when it comes to feeding your kids. Today, we’re talking about common weaning questions.
Baby feeding can come with a large number of issues. There is the problem of finding foods your baby wants to eat, getting enough of the food into the baby, and of course, let’s not forget about the mess that can come with feedings! To help make the process a little easier, below are some problems and solutions. These helpful tips may prevent an issue before it begins, making meal times much more pleasant.
Problem: I’m worried about food reactions
Firstly, read up on the foods that should be avoided in early weaning, then always follow the recommendation of introducing just one food at a time, waiting at least three days before introducing another. This way, if a reaction were to happen, you will know exactly what caused it. If you are concerned, speak to your GP or public health nurse.
Problem: Is my baby getting enough to eat?
When it comes to weaning, it’s important to remember that milk (breast or formula) is still vitally important for your baby. In fact, until the age of one it is still the priority – solids are meant to be an addition, not a substitution.
Problem: What if I don’t like it?
We all have our own food preferences or dislikes, but it’s really important that you don’t let this influence what you feed your baby. Even if you don’t like something, offer it to your baby – he may love it!
Problem: My baby is rejecting everything!
If your baby is really hungry, he will become fussy, frustrated and more likely to refuse whatever you’re offering. Equally, if he’s tired he just won’t be interested. Timing meals is important – try offering half a milk feed, followed by solids, so that you’re baby is hungry but a little more amenable.
Problem: My baby is more interested in playing than eating!
It’s hard for little ones to learn about mealtimes. One minute they’re playing and the next you’re making them sit in a highchair! Try having your meals at the same time your baby eats – even if all you’re having is a piece of toast or a banana. This will provide encouragement and soon mealtimes will be something your child understands.
Problem: My baby seems to be a picky eater!
It is very normal for babies and young children to refuse foods they things they don’t like, particularly if they haven’t had it before. It is worth persevering, without making a big deal about it. Offer the disliked food every so often, and you may be pleasantly surprised that the ‘dislike’ soon disappears. Another option is to combine a food your child does like with one he doesn’t – if he loves carrot but isn’t fussed about parsnip, try combining the two together, starting with a mostly carrot mix, then gradually upping the parsnip content. In time, you may find your baby has become accustomed to the taste.
Problem: Oh my goodness, the mess!
Babies are messy by nature, and it is to be expected, particularly at mealtimes. Minimise the mess with large plastic-backed bibs to catch the inevitable drips, a wipeable mess mat (or even a towel) under the highchair to catch bigger spills, and try to avoid dressing him in his Sunday best when stain-inducing foods are on the menu!
Feeding a baby takes patience, determination, and dedication. Don’t be afraid to get creative!