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How to start on solids

Moving your child onto Solids (easily)

We know how tough it can be weaning your child off formula or breastmilk, which is why we've created a library of resources, guides and recipes for you and bub to have the best journey possible.  

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Mandy's Advice

Starting Solids right, from the start 

"Firstly, it's important to understand that introducing solids to your baby is a journey. It will take time and, things certainly won't always go to plan, but you will get there. On this journey, you may feel a little daunted or overwhelmed, and that's okay! Give yourself the same compassion you show your little one while they're learning a new skill – after all, you're learning too. Finally, I encourage you to let go of any expectations or pressures you may have about transitioning your baby to solids and just enjoy the time for what it is – a new (messy!) experience the two of you can share together."

Mandy Sacher, Chief Nutrition Officer & Founder
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What to consider when starting on solids

Starting Solids and looking after YOU
With extra demands on our emotional and physical wellbeing, it's essential to ensure that we are not forgetting to feed ourselves.
Starting Solids, the right way 
If food and sleep requirements are met, the early months of life for a family are easily navigated. This can be achieved easily through focusing on foods the whole family can begin to enjoy together. 
Spoon feeding and baby-led weaning (BLW)
If you’re unsure about how to get started or which approach to follow, we are here to help you make the best choice for your baby. Many parents are unsure about how best to get their little one started on solids and may be confused about which approach to choose – so, don’t worry! You are not alone. The truth is that every child should be encouraged to experience a wide range of textures and sensory eating experiences.
Encouraging Healthy Eating Behaviours
From the very first mouthful, you are shaping your baby’s food preferences and influencing their relationship with food. With our wholesome and delicious first foods recipes and feeding advice, you can make eating a joyful and positive eating experience for your little one. 
Starting Solids and looking after YOU
With extra demands on our emotional and physical wellbeing, it's essential to ensure that we are not forgetting to feed ourselves.
Starting Solids, the right way 
If food and sleep requirements are met, the early months of life for a family are easily navigated. This can be achieved easily through focusing on foods the whole family can begin to enjoy together. 
Spoon feeding and baby-led weaning (BLW)
If you’re unsure about how to get started or which approach to follow, we are here to help you make the best choice for your baby. Many parents are unsure about how best to get their little one started on solids and may be confused about which approach to choose – so, don’t worry! You are not alone. The truth is that every child should be encouraged to experience a wide range of textures and sensory eating experiences.
Encouraging Healthy Eating Behaviours
From the very first mouthful, you are shaping your baby’s food preferences and influencing their relationship with food. With our wholesome and delicious first foods recipes and feeding advice, you can make eating a joyful and positive eating experience for your little one. 

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What does starting solids mean for mums? 

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Starting Solids can be challenging so ensure you’re looking after your own health too
Starting on the solids journey is the perfect time to overhaul our own diet, especially considering we are now in charge of feeding another little person. Skipping meals and erratic blood sugar levels can leave a new mum feeling fatigued, stressed and overwhelmed. So, it's important to introduce plenty of whole foods such vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, quality protein, and whole grains for both mum and bub.

Establish long-lasting positive eating behaviours through expose to vareity
By exposing your baby to a wide variety of tastes and flavours in the early months it will expand their repertoire and to meet the goal of eating one family meal.  

Starting Solids provides an opportunity to enjoy regular family meals 
Sitting down to enjoy meals with your baby from the beginning can help to make a positive impact on your baby’s language skills, social skills, and willingness to eat a wide variety of family foods. Not only does this have numerous benefits for babies, but it also helps parents get back into the routine of enjoying regular meals and reduces time spent in the kitchen making numerous meals for different family members. Family meals can begin from 6+ months. 

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Shaping your child's food preferences

Your baby’s food preferences begin in the womb

Food flavours pass through the placenta into the amniotic fluid, which a baby swallows on a regular basis. Newborns are more accepting of flavours they encountered during gestation, and the effects may last for months after birth. However, if you didn’t eat as healthily as you could have during your pregnancy (hello morning sickness, nausea and migraines!), do not beat yourself up about it. Many mothers struggle to keep up a healthy diet during pregnancy, and there are plenty of opportunities to shape your baby’s food preferences once they are out in the big wide world.

Breastfeeding plays a key role in shaping your baby’s taste buds

Some evidence suggests that breastfed babies are more accepting of new foods when they begin eating solids. But this may depend on the variety of flavours and foods lactating mothers eat on a regular basis. If breastfeeding is not available to you, rest assured that formula feeding does not automatically mean your baby will not be accepting of new foods. It’s very common for mothers who are not breastfeeding to feel guilty or as if their child is missing out, but please, don’t worry – your child is still receiving all the nutrients they need for the best start in life. There are still many opportunities to shape their eating preferences when they begin on solids.

Your baby’s taste buds are 200 times more sensitive than yours

This is why it is crucial to train your baby’s taste buds to enjoy the natural flavours of foods without added sweeteners or processed flavours from the start. Babies have a natural predisposition to prefer sweet and salty flavours and tend to reject bitter or sour tastes. So, if we offer them flavoured sweetened yoghurt as a first flavour, they will lose out on the opportunity to appreciate the natural tartness of unflavoured yoghurt. If we offer them vegetables sweetened with fruit first, they may fail to recognise the natural sweetness of a carrot or accept the bitterness of broccoli.

Remember the golden rule: REPETITION

My number one piece of advice for you in shaping your baby’s food preferences is repetition. If your baby is not showing a natural enthusiasm to try new flavours, please don’t give up. It usually takes between six and sixteen experiences with a flavour before your baby will accept the new food on offer. Be patient and persistent when serving new foods and flavours to your baby, and do not be afraid to try, try, and try again – repetition will pay off!
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