Weaning stage 1

Moving on to solids is an exciting change for both you and your baby. As well as meeting their growing nutritional needs, this first stage of weaning helps your baby learn how to take food from a spoon and accept simple, new tastes. Our video guide to the first stage of weaning will help you further, with advice on when and how to start the weaning process.

Weaning stage 1

Weaning is a major stage of your baby's development, with a lot for them to learn. So it's important to wait until they show signs that they are ready for weaning. The Department of Health recommends weaning should start from 6 months and definitely no sooner than 17 weeks. If you're thinking of starting to wean because your baby's appetite is bigger than usual, it may be that they're just going through a growth spurt.

How to get started

Many mums begin weaning with baby rice because you can make it with your baby's usual milk. This makes the transition to solid foods easier, as the familiar taste will help your baby accept the unfamiliar texture. The wonderfully smooth texture of Aptamil Creamy Porridge makes an ideal first weaning food.

First, just try feeding a teaspoonful or two a day to ease them in gently. Then, gradually increase the number of feeds. Try to avoid introducing food to your baby when they are too hungry, as they will not be able to eat quickly enough to satisfy them, leaving them frustrated. Don't leave it until they have had their fill of milk either, when they won't have room for the extra feed. Ideally, offer your baby half their usual milk before trying to feed them solids.

Weaning stage 1

A nutritionally balanced weaning diet

No single food can give your baby all the goodness they need. So once they have got used to the idea of weaning, gradually start to offer them a greater variety of foods. This will help to ensure that they get a good balance of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that will help them develop healthily.

A good way to give your baby a balanced diet is to start their day with a breakfast cereal made specifically for babies – with no added salt or sugar, like Aptamil Creamy Porridge. After they reach 6 months, they can try a porridge with a thicker texture, like Aptamil Creamed Banana Porridge. Include lots of different vegetables in their main meal, followed by a dairy-based dessert packed with fruit.

The right texture

At this stage, smooth purées, roughly the consistency of double cream, are ideal to help your baby learn how to swallow  solid foods. Apples, pears, carrots, and sweet potatoes are all easy to cook and blend. Make sure you peel them first to remove any skin that may be too tough for your baby.

The right tastes

Try introducing your baby to simple, gentle tastes, such as pumpkin, carrot and other vegetables, before moving onto more complex meal combinations. Just cook them as you normally would but without any added salt.

Foods to avoid

At this early stage of weaning, there are a few foods that your baby may develop an allergy to, so are best avoided. Until your baby is 6 months old, avoid eggs, fish and foods containing gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. As for peanuts, if your baby has been diagnosed with an allergy or there is a history of allergies in your immediate family, seek medical advice before introducing them, as there will be a greater risk of your baby developing peanut allergy. But if your family and baby are free of allergies, you can choose to offer them peanuts or foods containing peanuts after 6 months of age. Just remember never to give them whole nuts until they are at least 5 years old, to reduce the risk of choking.

Call on our expertise

If you have any queries about weaning, our expert healthcare professionals and experienced mums are here to help. Simply give us a call on 0800 996 1000 anytime.

7 comments

mcnulty said...

"No single food can give your baby all the goodness they need."

Err ... What about breast milk? From your own website - "Breastmilk is one of Mother Nature's most wonderful creations. It provides everything your baby needs, when your baby needs it, for healthy growth and development."

Contradictory much? Maybe you should stop giving confusing and contradicting 'advice' to parents out there, but then surely anybody with half a brain would see that this 'advice' is just a big marketing ploy to get more people to buy your products - hardly independent and unbiased really is it?

17 March 2012 11:22
Aptaclub_expert_Gemma said...

From the age of 6 months onwards, alongside milk, a balanced diet of solid foods are recommended to be introduced for healthy growth and development.

It is with this solid foods diet in mind that we say "No single food can give your baby all the goodness they need."

A baby from 6 months onwards will benefit from a varied diet, including fruits, vegetables, protein from meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses, carbohydrates from bread, pasta, cereals, milk and dairy from breast milk, whole full fat cow's milk in foods and cheese, and also a limited amount of foods containing fat, sugar and salt.

Our article regarding weaning is all about the variety of foods required, and that one food alone will not give a baby a healthy diet. If you'd like to call in and talk to us further on this please call anytime on 0800 996 1000 and talk to one of our Aptamil Experts.

19 March 2012 16:40
Renea said...

Mcnulty? More like Mcnutty! Read the article properly before having such an objectional opinion. I happen to like these products.

5 April 2012 14:57
Previous member said...

agree, McNutty seems to fit well here.... obviously a woman obsessed with anyone who isnt breastfeeding. I did breast feed for as long as possible. I have found the Aptamil site very helpful. I consider myself to be intelligent business woman, so well aware of the differences between breast and Formula, however I would like to think most mums are very well educated on this subject when they are practically forced to breast feed in the hospital. I know a number of much younger mums put off by this tactic and also from having woman like this person ranting on about it! Well done Aptamil and thank you for your very informative site.

7 June 2012 21:24
Wiewioora65 said...

I couldn't breastfed my baby, we are using Aptamil Colic and Constipation formula. I'm very happy with that formula but after 3 months we are trying to move onto Aptamil from birth no 1. Baby has no problem with the change in formula, but it seems that nr 1 is not filling her for long (she is hungry more often then on C and C formula) what affects her night's feeds and sleep as well. We are planning to move onto weaning next month but do you think I should stick to C and C formula until she is 6 months old?

24 November 2013 10:57
Aptaclub_expert_Trudy said...

Hi Wiewioora65
My name's Trudy and I work on the Aptaclub Careline.
Our Comfort formula is a specialist product for babies who have had a medical diagnosis of colic and/or constipation. It is suitable from birth up to 1 year, however, most babies will start to outgrow colicky symptoms by around 3-4 months of age. Your health visitor or doctor will be able to advise you if the symptoms are over and if it's time to switch milks.
Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we are unable to talk to you about our standard first infant milks on here. So please give us a call on 0800 996 1000, and our experts will do all they can to help.
Hope this helps.

25 November 2013 10:43
tizzy47 said...

my first child was having baby rice at the age of 6weeks as he was so hungry and now he is 22 had 6ft 4 and completly healthy. The other two were also been weaned at around 8weeks and no problems with either of them. My 4th child is completly different as he is just starting to be weaned at 4 1/2 months xxx

25 July 2014 10:16

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Guide to weaning stage 1 (first tastes)

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7 comments

mcnulty said...

"No single food can give your baby all the goodness they need."

Err ... What about breast milk? From your own website - "Breastmilk is one of Mother Nature's most wonderful creations. It provides everything your baby needs, when your baby needs it, for healthy growth and development."

Contradictory much? Maybe you should stop giving confusing and contradicting 'advice' to parents out there, but then surely anybody with half a brain would see that this 'advice' is just a big marketing ploy to get more people to buy your products - hardly independent and unbiased really is it?

17 March 2012 11:22
Aptaclub_expert_Gemma said...

From the age of 6 months onwards, alongside milk, a balanced diet of solid foods are recommended to be introduced for healthy growth and development.

It is with this solid foods diet in mind that we say "No single food can give your baby all the goodness they need."

A baby from 6 months onwards will benefit from a varied diet, including fruits, vegetables, protein from meat, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses, carbohydrates from bread, pasta, cereals, milk and dairy from breast milk, whole full fat cow's milk in foods and cheese, and also a limited amount of foods containing fat, sugar and salt.

Our article regarding weaning is all about the variety of foods required, and that one food alone will not give a baby a healthy diet. If you'd like to call in and talk to us further on this please call anytime on 0800 996 1000 and talk to one of our Aptamil Experts.

19 March 2012 16:40
Renea said...

Mcnulty? More like Mcnutty! Read the article properly before having such an objectional opinion. I happen to like these products.

5 April 2012 14:57
Previous member said...

agree, McNutty seems to fit well here.... obviously a woman obsessed with anyone who isnt breastfeeding. I did breast feed for as long as possible. I have found the Aptamil site very helpful. I consider myself to be intelligent business woman, so well aware of the differences between breast and Formula, however I would like to think most mums are very well educated on this subject when they are practically forced to breast feed in the hospital. I know a number of much younger mums put off by this tactic and also from having woman like this person ranting on about it! Well done Aptamil and thank you for your very informative site.

7 June 2012 21:24
Wiewioora65 said...

I couldn't breastfed my baby, we are using Aptamil Colic and Constipation formula. I'm very happy with that formula but after 3 months we are trying to move onto Aptamil from birth no 1. Baby has no problem with the change in formula, but it seems that nr 1 is not filling her for long (she is hungry more often then on C and C formula) what affects her night's feeds and sleep as well. We are planning to move onto weaning next month but do you think I should stick to C and C formula until she is 6 months old?

24 November 2013 10:57
Aptaclub_expert_Trudy said...

Hi Wiewioora65
My name's Trudy and I work on the Aptaclub Careline.
Our Comfort formula is a specialist product for babies who have had a medical diagnosis of colic and/or constipation. It is suitable from birth up to 1 year, however, most babies will start to outgrow colicky symptoms by around 3-4 months of age. Your health visitor or doctor will be able to advise you if the symptoms are over and if it's time to switch milks.
Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we are unable to talk to you about our standard first infant milks on here. So please give us a call on 0800 996 1000, and our experts will do all they can to help.
Hope this helps.

25 November 2013 10:43
tizzy47 said...

my first child was having baby rice at the age of 6weeks as he was so hungry and now he is 22 had 6ft 4 and completly healthy. The other two were also been weaned at around 8weeks and no problems with either of them. My 4th child is completly different as he is just starting to be weaned at 4 1/2 months xxx

25 July 2014 10:16

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