Top Tips for Weaning Your Baby with SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk
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Babies go through loads of different milestones during their first few years. Weaning your baby can be quite stressful for some but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take a look at my top tips for weaning your baby and the reasons why I think SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk can play an important role in weaning – when included in a baby’s diet, it can help support their nutritional needs.
Baby Led Weaning
Baby led weaning doesn’t mean going out and buying all those highly priced jars of baby food, or spending ages pureeing your own food. It simply means that you let your baby feed themselves. Just give them some pieces of food that they can hold and feed themselves with. They usually can do this around 6 months old. Some great first foods to try are things like bananas, broccoli, cauliflower or toast.
Eat as a Family
Buy a highchair that you can remove the tray and pull it up to the dining table to eat your meals together. This is great for having some quality family time and also for your baby to learn to eat easier.
Prepare for the Mess
If you do decide to do baby led weaning, prepare for a lot of mess. If your baby is still learning to control its hand movements and hand to mouth coordination, they will be throwing a bit of the food around. You can buy plastic baby bibs that have a pouch on them to catch dropped food, and it’s also a good idea to place a plastic mat under the highchair. And don’t forget to have plenty of baby wipes to hand.
Keep Offering Unliked Food
Your baby may refuse to eat certain foods. But at this stage you are really mainly getting your baby used to different tastes and textures. It has also been said that it can take around 10 times until your baby will actually like a food it is trying. So keep offering a range of food.
Know First Aid
This is an important one, and it’s not only parents of babies that should know about first aid. There is nothing worse than seeing your baby choke on something. If you know what to do in that kind of situation you will be much calmer and you will deal with it a lot better and quicker.
Introduce a Beaker
This is the perfect time to introduce a beaker to your baby. Drinking from a beaker rather than a bottle will be kinder to your baby’s teeth which should also start appearing around this time. Offer your baby water or milk. If you are worried that your baby may not be eating much and not getting enough vitamins and nutrients I would suggest you use a follow on milk like SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk which is designed to complement the weaning diet. SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk can help support your baby’s nutritional needs as it contains the nutrients your baby needs, like Iron to help support normal cognitive development, vitamin D & calcium and Omega 3 & 6. These can be especially important if you have a fussy eater. You can feel confident that with SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk you’ll be helping your baby get important support to help keep them healthy. It’s SMA® Nutrition’s most advanced formula yet and is backed up by 50 years of protein research.
My last tip is to not stress! It doesn’t matter if your baby refuses to eat anything you offer, if they are just playing with it, throwing it around and basically making a mess. Your baby is still learning. Just let your babies go at their own speed and enjoy taking lots of fun and messy photos.
What are your top tips for weaning your baby?
Important Notice: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk is for babies over 6 months, as part of a varied weaning diet. Not intended to replace breastfeeding.