It’s time. Your little one is getting bigger and you’re ready to start the process of weaning them off formula and onto solid foods. But how do you do it?
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The first step is to slowly start introducing solid foods into their diet while slowly decreasing the amount of formula they’re getting. You can do this by offering them small meals or snacks throughout the day in addition to their normal bottle or breastfeeds.
Once they’re eating solid foods regularly, you can start to reduce the amount of formula they’re getting at each feed. Start by giving them a little less formula than usual and see how they take it. If they’re still hungry, you can top them up with some breast milk or water.
It’s important to go at your baby’s pace and not to force them to drink less formula than they’re comfortable with. If they start refusing feeds or seem to be losing weight, it’s best to stop the weaning process and seek advice from your GP or health visitor.
Weaning can be a tricky process but by following these steps, you can make it a smooth transition for both you and your baby.
It’s time to wean your baby off formula and onto solid foods! Here’s how to do it:
Introduce your baby to a variety of solid foods. Start with pureed fruits and vegetables, and then move on to finger foods like Cheerios and pieces of soft fruit.
Gradually reduce the amount of formula you’re giving your baby. Start by replacing one feeding per day with solid food, and then eventually move to two feedings, and so on.
Be patient! It may take a few weeks (or even longer) for your baby to get used to eating solid foods. Just keep offering a variety of healthy options and eventually they’ll come around.
Weaning your baby off formula and onto solid foods is a big milestone. But with a little patience and a lot of delicious food, you’ll get there in no time!