Your 6.5-month-old: early weaning problems sorted

Whether your tot is refusing purees, spitting his food out or has gone off milk, we’ve got solutions for all your weaning worries

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What’s happening this fortnight

Weaning your baby is likely to be an experience that’s full of highs and lows. For every time your tot devours your lovingly prepared puree with a big smile on his face, there’s likely to be another occasion when he refuses to even open his mouth. Some babies can’t get enough fruit, but will spit a vegetable puree across the room with impressive range. Others will drink their bodyweight in milk, but won’t entertain the idea of solids.

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These problems and others are common during the weaning stage, but don’t be disheartened. This is a big learning curve for your baby, and it can take around 15 attempts before he’ll accept a new taste or texture. Just remember that your attitude towards weaning will shape his experience, so grit your teeth, slap on a smile, and if all else fails, take the bowl away and give him his milk instead – it’s still his main source of nutrition and calories. After all, tomorrow is another day…

Did you know…?

To help your baby develop a broad and healthy appetite and avoid fussiness, you should aim to introduce a new taste virtually every day at this stage.

What to watch out for

At this stage, you’re likely to be introducing lots of new purees to your baby. Home-cooked food is great for your newly weaned tot – it’s cheap, nutritious and you know exactly what goes into it – but it’s essential to follow a strict hygiene code when you’re cooking for your little one. Tiny tummies are more susceptible than ours to food-related bugs, and gastroenteritis is one of the main causes of hospital admission among young babies.

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Keeping your kitchen germ-free will help protect your baby from food poisoning, so make sure all your cooking and feeding equipment is properly cleaned in a dishwasher or steriliser or with hot soapy water. Make sure all food is thoroughly heated before serving it to your baby, and if you’re batch-cooking, do a regular check of the freezer to ensure that you haven’t exceeded the safe storage times for frozen baby food.

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