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That first spoonful…

Oscar eating baby rice

It’s exciting but needs some planning

  • Choose a time when your baby is happy and alert (usually mid morning after a feed and a nap) and you are relaxed
  • Help your little one sit up supported (car seat, bumba seat, a bouncer or a high chair if they are able)
  • Make sure you sit facing your baby so they can see your face
  • Start with a smile. Remember this is a new experience and your baby will look for reassurance from you.
  • Eating food is a new skill that needs to be learnt. Babies naturally push their tongues forward when they drink milk so need to learn another tongue movement with solids.
  • Don’t push them. Some babies need more time and one spoonful may be all they can manage at a time
  • Once a day is enough for the first week
  • Allow no more than 30 minutes per meal time
  • Put the spoon in your baby’s mouth gently. You can use your baby’s top gum and lip to carefully remove the puree from the spoon

I decided to start with baby rice. Making it up to runny yoghurt texture was not straight forward even though I followed the instructions. It came out very runny so I added a little more rice to get the right consistency. I also discovered it needs some time to thicken.

Oscar’s first mouthful was not how I imagined. I started with a smile and I expected him to be equally as happy. He opened his mouth and I gave him a small spoonful of baby rice. He didn’t know what to do with it! He frowned and stuck his tonque out and the food came out with it. I tried another spoonful and he gave me a disapproving glance, spitting it out again. It made me laugh and he smiled back. I suppose it a new skill he has to master (like rolling over) and so will take time. We’ll try again tomorrow.

TOP TIP: Let your baby suck the spoon. This is a good transition step from drinking milk to swallowing solids

Which food should I start with?

Weaning spoon

Baby Rice, Baby Porridge or Baby Cereal

Baby rice is great to start with as it still tastes of breastmilk or formula (you make it up with breastmilk/formula) but allows your little one to experience spoon feeding. Few babies are allergic to rice. Other options are baby cereal or baby porridge. These tend to be gluten free for those starting weaning under 6 months. You could make your own but I found the ready made packets easy to use and in the future you can add them to fruits and vegetables to bulk them up (e.g banana porridge).

Make up the baby rice/cereal as per the manufacturers instructions but the puree texture should resemble runny yoghurt. This semi-liquid consistency helps your little one get to grips with eating.

TOP TIP: Aim for the consistency of runny yoghurt when making up that first puree