Starting Weaning

Starting Weaning


As your baby gets older, their nutritional needs grow and develop. Exclusive feeding with breast milk or Holle Infant Formula 1 Baby Milk may no longer fully satisfy your baby.


The WHO (World Health Organisation) and Holle recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Some babies can breastfeed longer, while others will need a small amount of solid food to feel satisfied.


As a rule of thumb, weaning with purées and porridges can gradually be introduced after 4 to 6 months of age. Because every child is different, and because even from an early age, children can have individual meal preferences, and individual needs, differences from recommended weaning plans are possible and, in fact are perfectly normal! Additionally, your baby’s level of physical activity will influence nutritional needs and the amount of food he or she will demand. More lively and bigger children need more energy than quieter children, and will need to be fed more often, or have larger feeds.


Starting solid foods is a big step for your baby. Eating is a whole new experience - there are new tastes and flavours for your baby to explore and different sensations to get used to. It’s a lot for a little baby to cope with. Start slowly, give your baby and yourself enough time and introduce new meals step by step. A few teaspoons are enough to begin with.


Usually a baby needs around a week to get used to a new food. If you follow this suggestion it will be easier to spot any problems such as intolerances or allergies as early as possible. You may also notice changes in your baby’s digestion or stools after introducing a new food. This way you can act quickly and substitute ingredients if necessary.


The intention for weaning is that the purée and porridge meals gradually substitute the breast milk or bottle feeds. Ideally, start at lunchtime, just before a milk feed to introduce a few teaspoons of vegetable purée. Slowly increase the amount until the whole lunchtime breast or bottle feed is replaced. Over the months you will go on to eventually replace all of the milk feeds with either cereal or fruit /vegetable cereal meals.



Weaning Step by Step Guide

The following sections give more detail and our recommended products for each step along your little one's weaning journey.


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