How often you feed your baby when weaning depends on what stage they are at in the weaning journey. Here is a breakdown of the stages of weaning and a guide to how much your little one should be eating at each stage.
Weaning should begin at around 6 months and not before 17 weeks.
Stage 1 (first tastes)
At the beginning of this stage you should aim to give your baby one meal of 1-2 teaspoons per day. After the first few days gradually increase this to 6 teaspoons and then you can add in a second meal. Continue this for 1-2 weeks and then gradually increase the amounts to 2-3 meals of 5-10 teaspoons.
During this stage the textures of meals should also progress from a very thin puree to a smooth and slightly thicker puree.
Stage 2 (6-9 months)
During this stage you should aim to give your baby three meals of 2-4 tablespoons. The textures of meals should be a mashed consistency with soft lumps. Soft finger foods can also be introduced during this stage.
Stage 3 (9-12 months)
During this final stage the number of meals should increase to three meals and two snacks. Meals should consist of around 4-6 tablespoons. The texture of meals during this stage should be lumpy, chopped foods and harder finger foods.
More information about foods suitable for each stage can be found here.
If you have any questions about weaning feel free to contact our Careline on 1800 570 570. We’re more than happy to share some weaning war stories (we all have them!).