3.3 Explain how to plan a weaning programme

QualificationLevel 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit1.1 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: 3. Understand the nutritional needs of children
Assessment criteria: 3.3 Explain how to plan a weaning programme

  • Weaning is the gradual introduction of solid food to a baby’s diet
  • The NHS advises weaning should begin at around six months old when the baby is able to stay in a sitting position, hold their head up, have hand-eye coordination and are able to swallow
  • Pureed fruit and veg and baby rice should be introduced first, alongside breast milk or formula – small amounts offered regularly before milk feeds are advised
  • Between seven and nine months, more variety can be offered as well as mashed foods. Some finger foods may be offered.
  • Between ten and twelve months, more variety and finger foods can be offered
  • From twelve months, baby will be eating regular meals and cow’s milk can be offered
  • Remember: each child is different and will wean at their own pace

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