After around six months of milk, your baby’s tummy has developed enough to move on to suitable solid foods. Your baby can now start to have a healthy and balanced weaning diet (tailored to your baby’s stage in the weaning journey). Not only does such a diet provide important nutrients, but it supports the growth of a healthy and diverse group of bacteria in your baby’s tummy. Weaning can be used as a time to build healthy eating habits for life. It is a very important stage in your baby’s life. Weaning should begin at around 6 months and not before 17 weeks of age.
At birth the tummy* is already busy and active, but not fully developed. By the time your baby is approximately 3 years old your baby’s gut microbiota (the family of friendly bacteria living in their tummy*) will have stabilised.
A good balance of friendly bacteria can have some of the following benefits:
- Support digestion
- Help produce some essential nutrients like vitamin B12, K and folate
- Support the development of immune system
- Contributes to general wellbeing
Help support tummy health by giving your baby (aged 6 months or older) probiotic-rich foods and prebiotic-rich foods.
*When we refer to your baby’s tummy it includes the entire gastrointestinal tract