Guest Blog post by Pod&Pea Nutrition, Ruth Harvey
Ruth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 10 years’ experience in the NHS, research and private practice. She has worked in many specialist areas during this time including gastroenterology (everything to do with the gut), research into gestational diabetes, PCOS, kidney disease and weight management, but it was her own journey into motherhood that gave her the passion to specifically help families.
Ruth set up Pod&Pea Nutrition in Exeter so that Mums and Dads could access unbiased, evidenced based nutrition advice for themselves and their children. With today’s easy access to information and social media networks it is hard to know whether what you read is relevant or useful to you. Ruth’s workshops and consultations are bespoke to you, allowing her to give you practical advice that fits with your preferences, lifestyle and health needs.
When you commence weaning it is good to choose a time of day that your baby is content (happy, not too tired and not too hungry) to introduce the first foods. Choose one mealtime (e.g. breakfast, lunch or dinner) and aim to feed them at roughly the same time each day. Over the coming few months as they start finishing the food you offer and expand their repertoire you can add extra meals in the day until they are having three meals a day by about 8-9 months. All babies are different, so the speed that they increase their intake will vary.
Build the routine
I remember finding the new solids, milk feeds and naps routine difficult at first and sometimes there didn’t seem to be enough time in the day for solids. Don’t worry about this, the routine will slowly build over the first few months, but having it in mind can help ensure they are having plenty of opportunity to try different foods.
Introducing mealtimes from the offset can help make eating more predictable to babies. They will learn when to expect food and further identify feelings of hunger and fullness.
This can really pay off as they grow older, and through the toddler years, start requesting food perhaps more often than needed as they learn that food is something they can try to control. At 1 year many babies will start having 2 snacks a day in between meals, but without set mealtimes, snacking can become more frequent and your child will find it hard to learn to wait until mealtimes to eat.
Check out my blog posts for more information on what foods to offer first and what approach to use.
For lots more information, tips and meal ideas about weaning Pod&Pea Nutrition offers group and private weaning workshops check out www.podandpeanutrition.org for dates and details.
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