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What is weaning?

Weaning is the process of introducing your baby to solid foods. In the early stages, a very young baby gets all they need nutritionally from milk, however as they grow older and start to use more energy, milk alone is no longer sufficient and further nutrition is required.
 
When to wean is a personal choice and there is no set time as every baby is different, sometimes it can be that the child indicates that they are ready to wean, or it can be a decision driven by mum simply because she feels the time is right or that other considerations become pressing, such as returning to work.
 
It is important to realise that weaning is a gradual process, and can be an emotional time, but it is a vital step to ensure the growth and development of your child. Weaning is another milestone in your baby’s development and like so many other milestones will require a lot of patience from you.
 
Initially you will introduce only small amounts of solid foods to your baby along with their normal milk feed. These solids are new tastes and textures to experience, and the small amounts that you begin with are built up over time, so remember to start gradually with just one or two spoons daily in the beginning.

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Fibre is important in your baby's diet but should only be present in small amounts as it can prevent the absorbtion of important minerals.
Fat is a vital source of energy for your growing baby.
Gluten is contained in foods such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats which are alll good sources of iron and fibre.
Honey should never be given to a baby under 12 months due to the risk of botulism poisoning.
There are lots of wonderful first foods for your baby to try including puréed vegetables, fruit, and baby cereals. 
There are lots of great ways to easily prepare and cook food for your baby.
A good breakfast is vital to ensure your baby is getting the best start to the day. 
In the beginning you should only feed your baby a spoon or two of solid food a day. This will gradually build up over a period of a weeks until they are enjoying three meals a day.
It is essential that you provide your baby with a well balanced and nutritious diet. There is a wonderful variety of foods to choose from.
If you're having problems weaning your baby it may be that they just aren't ready. Take a week or two to resume milk feedings and try again. 

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