From breastmilk to independent eating — Baby Weaning

“When the weaning process has started, when the child can sit and enjoys sitting at the weaning table, the child and his parents develop a new relationship. The child is not fed on the laps of his parents anymore. He is not an infant in the arms. The relationship is now “one in which there are two people instead of one, who can learn to respect each other, to love each other, in a new way”.” (The Joyful Child — Susan Mayclin Stephenson).
  • Offer one hour before nursing the child.
  • Offer only when the child is awake, calm and attentive to the life around.
  • The size of the spoon must be very small considering the size of the child’s mouth.
  • The spoon with the juice must be kept near the child’s mouth and not forced into their mouth. Let the child open their mouth to taste the flavor by themselves.
  • They may cringe the first few times but with consistent offering, they will start to develop the taste.
  • The juice is only to offer the taste and hence should not be offered more than two to three spoons each day.
  • If the child shows interest in the flavor, it may be offered 3–4 spoons twice a day.
Serve only a small portion food in the child’s plate. This will ensure less food wastage and hence less frustration for both parent and the child.
  • If the child refuses some type of food, let a few days pass before presenting it again. The child’s relationship to food can be spoiled forever if the food is imposed. This can start all kinds of different pathologies related to food.
Allow the child to sit independently on a chair.
  • A babyled Highchair can be used alternately for this purpose as well.
A child size cutleries (preferably silverware) must be used for weaning.
  • Allow the child to hold the spoon or fork by themselves. However, there is no need to force these things either. If we model them and exhibit good relationship with the child, they will automatically pick up these practices.

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