In this practical guide to helping your baby become a healthy, happy eater, you will learn how to wean him or her in 15 days (2020). Based on the most recent recommendations and statistics from the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization, and a variety of experts and nutritionists, it provides a step-by-step strategy – complete with recipes – for weaning your baby from breast milk. While acknowledging that there is no "one size fits all" approach, the plan also encourages you to customize the plan according to your unique parenting style and the special requirements of your child.
Who is the target audience for the Wean in 15 book?
- New parents who are unsure of how to wean their child Prospective parents who are planning ahead
- Anyone who has a hungry infant in their lives should read this.
Who exactly is Joe Wicks?
Joseph Wicks is a British fitness instructor, television personality, and author who lives in the United Kingdom. His other publications include the Lean in 15 series, which focuses on dieting and fitness and has sold more than a million copies across the globe. He's also the host of the Channel 4 program The Body Coach, which he created. He set a Guinness World Record for "most viewers for a fitness exercise broadcast on YouTube" on March 24, 2020, when he received 955,158 views in one hour and forty minutes.
What exactly is in it for me? Discover the keys to a good weaning experience.
As a child gets older, parents often mark significant anniversaries, such as the first words said and the first steps taken. But what about the first few morsels of food? Learning how to eat is probably equally as essential as learning how to walk and speak in terms of developmental milestones. It's also a really remarkable piece of work in and of itself. The question then becomes, how can you assist your infant in transitioning from only consuming breast milk or formula to eating the same foods as adults? You will have the answer to that question by the time you have finished reading these notes. Along the process, you'll learn how to make some fast, easy, healthy, and baby-friendly dishes. You will discover why weaning may not be what you think it is; when your baby is ready to wean; and how to keep your kid from becoming a fussy eater in this set of notes.
The aim of weaning is to assist your infant in developing a positive connection with food over time.
When people speak about weaning themselves off sugary foods or caffeinated beverages, the underlying assumption is that by progressively decreasing their intake of whatever drug they are addicted to, they will be able to remove it from their lives in the long run. Additionally, when parents speak about weaning their kids off breast milk or formula, it almost seems as if their bundle of joy is suffering from an addiction that has to be broken. However, this is incorrect. It's possible to think about weaning in a more accurate, positive, and comprehensive manner than you may have previously thought possible. The most important lesson to take away from this is: The aim of weaning is to assist your infant in developing a positive connection with food over time.
Weaning is now referred to as complementary feeding, which is a more contemporary word. The idea is that by starting to give your baby solid food, you will be giving her nutrients that will supplement the nutrition she is already receiving via breast milk or formula. Over time, her food intake increases, but her intake of breast milk or formula decreases - until it finally vanishes completely from her system. She has been "weaned" at this stage. To put it another way, weaning is more than just encouraging your kid to quit consuming breast milk or infant formula. Basically, it's about encouraging her to begin eating solid foods. That entails assisting her in the development of the skills, habits, and attitudes that are associated with healthy eating.
Some of them are fundamentals, such as chewing and swallowing, handling food with your fingers, and eating with utensils. Others are more advanced. Others are more complex, such as having set meal times throughout the day that are planned in advance. Also essential is for your infant to be receptive to a broad range of healthy meals when it comes to eating. In order for this to happen, she must first grow her palate. That means she'll have to transition from being used to just the sweet, smooth liquid of breast milk or formula to being acclimated to a range of textures and tastes - from the harshness of broccoli to the lumpiness of lima beans, and everything in between.
For better or worse, weaning is a journey rather than a procedure that helps children develop a balanced diet and a pleasant connection with food. Because there is such a wide range of food categories and cuisines available, it is the responsibility of every parent to assist their children in exploring, discovering, and enjoying what they eat!
Allow your child to wean at his or her own speed and in his or her own manner.
You learnt in the preceding note that the aim of weaning is to assist your kid in developing a good connection with his food. Getting it correctly can transform him into a tiny gourmet in no time! Indie, the author's daughter, is a good example of this. By the time she was nine months old, she had a large, healthy appetite and was willing to try everything - from cauliflower, kale, and chickpea stew to Moroccan minced lamb with sweet potato and couscous – as long as it was nutritious and tasty. So, what can you do to ensure that your child follows in Indie's footsteps? The simple answer is that you don't have to. The most important lesson to take away from this is to let your kid wean at his or her own speed and in his or her own manner. There is no such thing as a typical baby, and this is particularly true when it comes to the process of weaning.
Indie, for example, started eating solid food when she was six months old. However, some infants are ready to start a few months sooner or later than that, depending on their developmental stage. As a side note, Indie stopped drinking breast milk when she was about 12 months old, which is still very early. Many infants nurse until they are two years old or even older, which is the recommended age by the World Health Organization for breastfeeding. Given that every baby develops at his or her own pace, how can you tell when yours will cease requiring breast milk or formula, will learn to adapt to new textures and tastes, will go on to larger portion sizes, and will eat more often than before? It all depends on how old your child is. Examples include some infants going from one meal per day to three meals per day in the span of a month or less. Other infants need more time – and that is just OK!
All of these considerations should be taken into consideration when planning your weaning strategy. Avoid becoming obsessed with comparing your baby's weaning progress to that of other infants his age, since his weaning journey will be as one-of-a-kind as he is! Also, avoid attempting to push anything to happen too quickly. In fact, don't attempt to impose anything on anybody or anything. Instead, just observe him for cues about what he needs and what he is prepared to do, and then react appropriately. This is referred to as "responsive feeding." What kinds of signs should you be on the lookout for? And what should your response be in response to them? Discover the answer in the next note!
When your baby is ready to begin weaning herself, she will let you know.
The fact that there is no "one size fits all" method for weaning, and that different infants have varied requirements, should be obvious by this point in the discussion. Having said that, there are certain basic principles to follow, as well as a rough timetable to keep in mind during the process. Just keep in mind that the specifics may vary from baby to baby, so it's better to consider this as a rough sketch rather than a precise image of what the weaning journey will look like. Are you prepared to go on this journey? More importantly, is your child prepared as well? The most important lesson to take away from this is: When your baby is ready to begin weaning herself, she will let you know.
There are different guidelines regarding when weaning should begin in different countries. According to the National Health Service (or NHS) in the United Kingdom, infants are typically ready to be weaned when they are about six months old. However, this is just a general rule of thumb. Remember that every baby develops at a different rate, so you must be on the lookout for indications that your child is developmentally ready. There are three major indicators to watch out for in this situation. First and foremost, is she able to maintain a sitting posture while steadily supporting her head and neck? Second, does she have sufficient hand-eye coordination to recognize a piece of food, pick it up, and place it in her mouth on her own initiative? Third, is she able to swallow the food she is given? What I mean is, has she lost her tongue thrust reflex, which causes her to force more food out of her mouth than she allows into it?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your baby is ready to start weaning from you.However, if any of the answers are negative, she will need more time to mature — even if she exhibits an interest in food, chewing on her fists, appearing more hungry than she used to, waking up more often at night, or becoming unhappy with breast milk or formula during this period. However, many parents mistakenly believe that these actions indicate preparedness, when in fact, they are just typical aspects of having a baby. You should not rely on your choice to begin weaning based on their advice. There are two final caveats: To be safe, if your child shows signs of readiness before the age of six months, you should consult with a doctor before proceeding.Also, do not introduce solid food to her until she is 17 weeks old, since it is very improbable that she will be developmentally mature at this age.
You should begin weaning your infant within the first month of his or her life by introducing him or her to different tastes and sensations.
If your kid is displaying all of the indications that he is ready to begin weaning, how should you go about starting the process? Slowly and softly are the key phrases here. There are many steps involved in weaning, and this is particularly true during the first several weeks. During this time period, you will not provide him with a lot of food. Moreover, anything you do give him will seem to be very mild in comparison to what he will be consuming in the future. But don't be fooled by their appearance. When it comes to your baby's development, the beginning of the weaning process is the most critical stage, since it will set the groundwork for all that follows. The most important lesson to take away from this is: You should begin weaning your infant within the first month of his or her life by introducing him or her to different tastes and sensations.
During this first time, continue to provide him with the same amount of breast milk or formula that he was previously receiving. This will continue to be his main source of nourishment for the foreseeable future. You want to assist him to get acquainted with as many different tastes and sensations as possible as soon as you start introducing him to solid foods. The more adventurous you can be with your meals, the better. This may seem to be paradoxical. As a parent, you'll want to do all you can to encourage your baby to eat as much as possible, which means you'll want to give him the food that he enjoys the most. It should come as no surprise that they are often sweet foods, like apple puree and baby rice. After all, breast milk and formula are both sweet, so he is already familiar with and enjoys the taste of sweetness.
However, you are not just attempting to encourage him to eat in the present; you are also attempting to prepare him for a lifetime of good eating in the future as well. In other words, the dietary choices he develops throughout the first few months of his weaning journey may remain with him for his whole life. In the event that you begin with sweet meals, your child may develop into a picky eater who will turn his nose up at dishes with more experimental tastes in the future. That's bad news because many nutritious vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, have astringent flavors.Sweet tastes, on the other hand, are often linked with fast food. Even though your kid doesn't yet have any teeth, he already has a need for sugary treats in his mouth. Instead of encouraging him even more, assist him in developing an appreciation for other flavors.
Weaning with vegetables is a simple and successful method of weaning.
No matter how hard you try, there is no assurance that your child will grow up to be a carrot-crunching, spinach-eating veggie enthusiast. You may, however, offer her the greatest possible opportunity by exposing her to non-sweet vegetable tastes from the very beginning of her life. This method is known as vegetable-led weaning, and it has been shown to be effective by a scientific study and is recommended by the National Health Service. It's also a lot less difficult than you would expect. The most important lesson to take away from this is that vegetable-led weaning is easy and successful. Your baby is more open to novel tastes during the first few weeks of weaning than she will be later on. This is an excellent opportunity for you to assist her in assimilating as many vegetable tastes into her palette as you possibly can.
Even better, research has shown that infants who are exposed to a variety of veggies throughout the early stages of weaning are more tolerant of them when they are adults. The good news is that you can prevent turning your kid into a picky eater by following these guidelines. And what makes it even better is that the recipes for vegetable-led weaning are some of the most straightforward you'll ever come across. For example, you might start by preparing and serving one single-vegetable puree each day to your family. Concentrating on a single taste at a time while making the meal as smooth and simple to swallow is the goal here.
To ensure that you cover a wide range of tastes, include the following vegetable purees in your first week's menu: broccoli on day one, potatoes on day two, green beans on day three, asparagus on day four, rutabaga on day five, kale on day six, and avocado on day seven.For week two, you will substitute zucchini, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, spinach, cucumber, and peas for the previous vegetables. In order to create a puree, all you have to do is chop up your selected vegetable and boil it until soft, drain the water, combine it with some fresh water or your baby's regular supply of milk, and blend until smooth.
Specific measures for each vegetable vary, but here's an example of how to measure for broccoli. One small head of broccoli (about 150 grams) should be broken into tiny florets and steamed or blanched for eight to ten minutes, or until it is tender. Immediately after draining it, combine it with 80–100 milliliters (about 5–6 teaspoons) of water or milk. You want the consistency of gently whipped cream – in other words, loose enough to fall off of a spoon – when you're making ice cream.
You have the option of choosing between spoon-feeding and baby-led weaning, or a mix of the two methods.
It's time to address an essential issue once you've created a palate-expanding vegetable puree for your baby: how precisely should you give it to him? The simple answer is that it is done using a spoon. The extended response is a little more complex. However, there are two major schools of thinking on the topic, as well as a third approach that is a combination of the two. The most important lesson to take away from this is: You have the option of choosing between spoon-feeding and baby-led weaning, or a mix of the two methods.
The term "spoon-feeding" refers to precisely what it sounds like. To begin, you must first prepare food that is spoonable, which may be accomplished by crushing or mixing it. Then you give it to your kid with a spoon to feed him. The benefit is that it allows him to get more used to using cutlery as a result of this. It also makes it simpler to expose him to different tastes, since just about anything can be blended into a consistency that is suitable for babies and toddlers. Baby-led weaning, on the other hand, is a method in which you encourage your baby to feed himself from the beginning. That entails providing him with finger foods that he can eat with his own hands. Squishy vegetables like well-cooked broccoli, green beans, or asparagus are ideal at the beginning of the weaning journey since they are easy to digest. The benefit of this method is that it promotes self-reliance and autonomy.
Both methods are legitimate, and you may pick the one that is most effective for you and your situation. Some parents, for example, are frightened of the possibility of their infant choking on finger food or other food. In the event that you are one of them, you may feel more comfortable sticking to spoon-feeding techniques. It's important to remember that infants have strong gag reflexes, and the danger of them choking is very minimal - as long as you follow the proper safety measures. That means limiting yourself to modest, soft meals. When possible, stay away from hard meals such as raw carrots or entire almonds, and cut bigger round items such as grapes and cherry tomatoes into thin pieces instead.
You may also blend the two schools of thinking, as the author did, to create a hybrid method that works for both. You may do this by simply offering your kid some finger food in addition to the blended or mashed food that you are feeding him with a spoon. Think about it: do you recall the broccoli puree from the preceding paragraph? During the preparation process, you could also serve him a single tiny floret of steamed broccoli that is very tender as a small side dish.
By mixing tastes and providing more complex textures, you may help your baby's palette develop even further.
During the first two weeks of your baby's weaning adventure, you will introduce him or her to a range of different vegetable tastes. These were mainly in the form of watery purees, and they were given to her one at a time in a single delivery. Things are going to become even better for you in the second and third weeks of this month. The most important lesson to take away from this is: By mixing tastes and providing more complex textures, you may help your baby's palette develop even further.
After two weeks of single-flavor purees, your baby should be ready to try more daring combinations, such as a puree of zucchini, peas, and mint, which is a favorite of mine. In order to prepare this dish, just chop a big zucchini into cubes and boil it for eight to ten minutes, adding 100 grams of frozen peas just before the zucchini is done boiling. After draining the veggies, mix them together with two sprigs of finely chopped mint and season with salt and pepper to taste. You may smooth out the consistency by adding 80–100 milliliters (approximately 5–6 teaspoons) of water or her regular milk to the mixture.
At this stage, the drink is optional, and she may decide whether or not she wants it based on her requirements. Experiment with different consistency by adding or subtracting liquid to see what works best. If she already seems to be used to a certain degree of thickness, you may want to experiment with making her meal even thicker. Continue to make it smoother until she's ready if that's too much for you. All of this is accomplished via responsive feeding! In certain cases, depending on how your baby reacts, you may decide to forego purees entirely and instead use mashes. They're similar to purees, except the veggies are mashed with a fork or a masher to give them a thicker texture. One such dish is broccoli, rutabaga, and potato mash, to name a few. Another option is avocado and lima bean mash.
Even more sophisticated recipes, such as cheesy zucchini and scallion rice, or sweet potato and broccoli with little bits of white fish, may be made using a mashup technique. The fish is a two-for-one bargain since it exposes your baby to a new taste while also introducing him or her to a new texture all at once. While providing her with all of these spoon-fed meals, you may also let her continue to explore finger foods such as steamed carrots and green beans while you are doing so. As an additional benefit, touching these veggies will provide her with an opportunity to improve her pincer grasp, resulting in a lunch that is both nutritious and beneficial to her brain!
Feeding your infant according to his or her needs may be guided through responsive-feeding.
After reading this, you should have a good idea of what to give your baby – and how to feed him — throughout the first four weeks of his weaning process. But how much should you put into his diet? There are no universally accepted guidelines. At the same age, various infants have a variety of varied appetites. Sometimes, even the same infant may have a distinct appetite on various days. What you feed your baby will depend on a number of variables, ranging from his unique development requirements to whether or not he is sleepy at a given mealtime. And it is in this situation that responsive-feeding shows its worth once again. The most important lesson to take away from this is: Feeding your infant according to his or her needs may be guided through responsive-feeding.
The procedure is straightforward: just give your infant some food and observe his reaction before adjusting his portion amount appropriately. During a meal, it is quite OK for him to not consume the whole dish. Simply cease feeding him when he begins to show signs of being full. If he is regularly consuming less food than you are providing, reduce the portion sizes to prevent overloading him with too much food. As his hunger develops, he will unavoidably begin to consume greater portions of food. All that is required of you is to keep up with him. Additionally, when he receives more of his nutrients from solid food, he will gradually begin to consume less breast milk or formula as a result. Just keep giving him the same amount of money and let him decide when he's had enough of the situation.
It's essential to remember that most infants will continue to get the majority of their nourishment from breast milk or formula until they reach the age of 12 months, so don't start reducing the amount you give them too soon. However, you should be aware that breast milk or formula is a very nutritious substance that will fill him up and, as a result, may reduce his desire for solid foods. This may be avoided by nursing him at least one hour before or shortly after mealtimes. Consider the author's wife, who nursed their child first thing in the morning, which was an hour before breakfast. After lunch, she didn't have another meal until immediately after that. Your baby's feeding schedule will likely be different than others, and it should be tailored to his specific requirements, but you must create a pattern. This ensures that mealtimes and nursing sessions are spaced out, and it also provides him with a comforting feeling of consistency in his routine.
Continue to increase the complexity of the food you are offering your kid as time passes.
After the first four weeks of the weaning journey, you will continue to do the same things you have been doing - just to a larger extent. When it comes to infant food, it's similar to progressively cranking up the volume dials that regulate the flavors, textures, and portion sizes. To do this, you must discover the appropriate balance that suits your needs. The most important lesson to take away from this is: Continue to increase the complexity of the food you are offering your kid as time passes. In the second month of the weaning process, your baby may be ready to go from the intake of finger foods to more substantial meals. Kale chips, cheese and broccoli scones, and veggie sticks with hummus are just a few of the many options available for you to try. Alternatively, if she isn't quite ready for more solid meals yet, continue to feed her the softer veggies we've previously discussed, like steamed carrots.
It's possible that in a few months or four, she'll be ready for more experimental meals like cauliflower, kale, and chickpea curry, among other things.While this is a basic and straightforward dish, it does have one important twist: keep in mind that you're cooking for a baby, so you'll want to make sure everything is baby-friendly. Avoid overusing curry powder, using just one teaspoon of the mild type for a batch that includes 60 grams of chickpeas, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (or about a cup), 100 grams of cauliflower, 200 milliliters (about a cup) of coconut milk, 20 grams of kale, and 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Ensure that you smash each chickpea with a fork or your thumb, split the cauliflower into small florets, and finely shred the kale while eliminating the stems before serving.
When it comes to foods that are more adult in nature, you may mash them up before giving them to your child. You'll be able to fine-tune the texture until you get the desired uniformity. Then, between months five and seven of the weaning journey, you may be able to reduce the amount of mashing and concentrate more on food that has been minced or diced. Depending on how things go in the eighth month, she may be ready to take things to the next level. Instead of the gentler curry from a few months ago, she may want to try a Caribbean-spiced chicken and squash curry, which uses stronger spices and incorporates vegetables and meat that are chopped into bigger pieces. The possibilities are just going to increase from here!
Keep in mind your baby's dietary requirements.
Having completed the weaning process, it is time to take a step back and consider the broad picture of what you've accomplished. When your baby is young, the majority of his nourishment comes from breast milk or formula that he continues to consume throughout the trip with you. Initially, you'll simply provide him with food to whet his appetite and allow him to experiment with different flavors. As his hunger gets stronger and he transitions from liquids to solids, he will rely less on breast milk or formula for nourishment and will rely more on food for sustenance. As a result, it is even more critical for him to have a nutritious diet that is well-balanced. The most important lesson to take away from this is: Keep in mind your baby's dietary requirements.
Your baby's diet should include foods from each of the four major food categories. The first category consists of vegetables and fruits. The second kind of carbohydrate is obtained from potatoes, oats, grains, pasta, and rice. Third, protein, which he may get from a variety of sources, such as beans, seafood, eggs, and meat. The fourth option is full-fat cow's milk, which may be consumed in addition to breast milk or formula. When your kid is six months old, you may start adding cow's milk to his or her meals, but it shouldn't be his or her primary beverage until he or she is 12 months old. Afterwards, you may continue to nurse your child while simultaneously adding full-fat cow's milk to his diet. Make an effort to get your infant to drink 350 to 400 milliliters (approximately 1.5 cups) of water each day, but the quantity may vary from baby to baby. In the event that you are currently taking formula, you may transition completely to full-fat cow's milk at this time.
In the event that you do not wish to use cow's milk, you may use a fortified replacement milk. The author thinks that it is feasible to provide a nutritious vegan or vegetarian diet for a newborn, although she acknowledges that it is difficult and needs careful preparation. You must ensure that your kid receives an adequate amount of iodine, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12 throughout his or her development. The advice is straightforward, and it applies to every significant choice you make or worry you have during weaning: consult with your doctor before making any decisions. You and your kid are not on their own when it comes to the weaning process. There are medical experts who have received specialized training who are ready to assist you at every stage of the process.
The most important lesson in these notes is that weaning is a process in which you assist your baby in progressively progressing to eating food with more complex tastes and textures as he or she grows older. In the meantime, your baby begins to eat bigger meals more often, which gradually reduces her demand for breast milk or formula over the course of time. Maintaining perspective While you guide your baby through this process, keep in mind that each baby develops at her own speed, and your role as a parent is to react to her own requirements. Actionable advice: Don't be too quick to give up on trying new meals. Because your kid does not like something the first time he tries it does not rule out the possibility of him eventually enjoying it. In the event that he first rejects your proposal, do not make a huge issue of it. Simply take a little break before attempting the task again. If it still doesn't work, do it again the next day – and try to be as creative as possible while you're at it. For example, rather than serving the item in its natural form, you might gently incorporate it into a dish he already enjoys rather than serving it raw.
Written by BrookPad Team based on Wean in 15 by Joe Wicks