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Common weaning myths busted – part 1

Siobhan Berry, founder of Mummy Cooks and author of new book, Mummy Cooks Baby & Family Recipe Book; Cook for family, adapt for baby, shares her myth-busting weaning advice with us

Weaning your baby onto solid foods is an exciting time for both you and your little one.

However, that excitement can turn into anxiety and it’s no wonder why – as a parent you can be constantly bombarded with so much information that it’s hard to keep up with what is true or false. With such a vast amount of conflicting tips and advice out there, it can be easy to fall into a trap and believe common myths associated with weaning.

In this blog I look at the truth behind common weaning myths, as well as tasty recipe ideas to ensure you have a successful and enjoyable weaning journey with your baby.

Babies can't have nuts

Although whole nuts are a choking hazard and should be avoided until 5 years of age, nut butters are a great way to introduce textures and nut flavours to your weaning baby. Smooth nut butters are great as a healthy snack for your little one, like our Peanut Butter Courgette Cupcakes. You can also try spreading nut butter on Homemade Oatcakes or apple slices for a tasty treat your baby can enjoy. 

YOU SHOULD AVOID GLUTEN UNTIL 7 MONTHS

False; gluten can be introduced to your weaning baby from 6 months as delaying beyond 7 months can increase your baby’s risk of coeliac disease and even type 1 diabetes later on. Try some Cinnamon French Toast or Biscotti for a fun and tasty way to introduce gluten to your little one. Check out Introducing Gluten to your Weaning Baby for more information. 

DON’T OFFER FOODS A PARENT IS INTOLERANT TO

It is advised to avoid offering foods to your baby if a family member has a severe allergic reaction to and this is true. However, this is not the case with foods that a family member is intolerant to and avoiding a food or food group can make your baby more likely to develop an allergy or intoleranceWhen you offer the food to your weaning baby, simply be more vigilant and keep a close eye for any possible reactions. If you are concerned about introducing a certain food, consult your baby’s doctor for advice.

TAP WATER ISN’T SUITABLE FOR BABY

Contrary to popular belief, tap water is perfectly fine for your baby from 6 months (so long as the supply is safe). It is only necessary to boil tap water if using with formula to kill any bacteria present. Remember when we boil water it increases the sodium levels in the water. So if your tap water is suitable to drink, then it is fine for your weaning baby too.