Offering parents support and advice on introducing solid foods.
Parents and carers of young babies in Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to find out more about weaning. The Department for Health and Social Care has launched the Better Health Start for Life – Introducing Solid Foods campaign. Weaning is when you introduce your baby to solid foods alongside breastmilk or infant formula. The campaign offers parents support and advice on introducing solid foods, helping to cut through misinformation and confusion through simple, easy to understand information. It is delivered through 3 easy to remember ‘Weaning 101’ prompts; when you should start introducing solid foods, why it’s important to wait until around 6 months, and what to feed your baby.
The NHS recommends that most parents should wait until their baby is around 6 months old before they start introducing solid foods. By this point, babies can cope better with solid foods and are more able to feed themselves. They are also better at moving food around their mouth, chewing and swallowing. Lots of parents wonder when they should start and what types of solid food they should be introducing, so a dedicated weaning hub is available on the Better Health Start for Life website offering support and advice during what can be a confusing time.
The weaning hub is packed with NHS-endorsed advice, videos and tips, plus simple, healthy recipes, it puts everything parents need to know in one place.
Visit Start for Life: What is weaning page for more information.