This is the first of a four part Ask The Expert video series with ASDA, which will tackle parenting FAQs on nappies, newborn and bathing. This first video is all about weaning.
Weaning can be a bit of a minefield, but don't panic, parenting and baby expert Rachel FitzD is on hand to answer all of your questions about weaning, with tips that may help you on your weaning journey.
"Some people say you should start with purees on a spoon and mum should be in charge," says Rachel. "Other people tell you that everything should be finger foods and baby should do it all! In truth, as long as you're not starting too soon, a mixture of both is great."
Variety is key when it comes to weaning, serve up a mixture of fruits and vegetables and give your tot a little taste of something new to try every day.
A common concern is whether you're feeding your baby too much or too little, but Rachel reassures that your baby will be your guide. "Babies self-regulate their appetite, they'll take as much as they need whether this is food, breastmilk, formula or water. Don't overwhelm them, and don't worry if it feels like your little one isn't eating very much.
"Let them decide how much they want to eat at any time, sometimes they'll eat a very little amount and other days they'll want to eat you out of house and home! This is completely normal."
From how and when to start weaning, foods to avoid, spoon fed vs baby-led and everything in between, Rachel shares her insight and knowledge in the video below.
Look out for the rest of the four-part Ask The Expert series with ASDA on the Mother&Baby YouTube channel.
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