Weaning is quite simply the process of moving your baby from a total milk diet to one that includes solid food too. Milk will continue to supply many of the nutrients your baby needs for some time, but as your baby becomes more active, solid foods will become an increasingly important part of their healthy, balanced diet. It’s an exciting part of your baby’s development and an essential one. They’ll need the different nutrients in food for healthy growth – both mentally and physically.
Weaning your baby is something that can’t be done in a hurry – it’s a gradual progression where you’ll move your baby on from liquid to purees, then onto lumpier textures and finally pieces. It’s also quite a messy process!
Babies get most of the nutrients they need from breast milk or infant formula until they are around 6 months old.
If you are breastfeeding, having breast milk alone up to the age of around 6 months will help protect your baby against illness and infections. Breast milk will carry on protecting them for as long as you carry on feeding.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding (i.e. no other fluids or solids) for six months and then continued breastfeeding combined with solid foods for 2 years or as long as mother and baby desire.
3 Day Wait Rule for Baby Food
Patience is the key to this rule. It simply means that after introducing a new food item in your baby’s diet, you need to wait at least 3 days (ideally 4-5 days) before introducing another new food item. During those 3 days, ensure your baby eats only those items that have previously passed the 3-Day test.
This rule helps in pin-pointing if a particular food item is causing allergy or any other kind of reactions like gas, diarrhea or constipation etc.
Sample food chart - week wise