According to the World Health Organization (WHO), babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. This helps them achieve optimal growth, development, and health. But once you start introducing your baby to solids, you might be bombarded with weaning myths. Although the people dishing out the “tips” might mean no harm, it’s not always smart to take advice from external influencers. Read on to find out about what you can and can’t ignore.
Most bizarre weaning myths explained in detail
Your baby is at the “magic” weight
Okay, so this one is partly true. When babies double their birth weight, you might want to start considering the idea of introducing them to solids. But that’s only half of the story. You also need to assess other signs of readiness because introducing solids too early can cause tummy troubles.
If you wait too long, they’ll have issues with solids
We have to feed our babies a variety of solids when they start out because of they need more energy from foods. They also need added zinc to support their growth and development. Sometimes your baby can develop an aversion to certain textured solid foods if you wait too long.
Once you start solids, they’ll sleep through the night
Night-waking is common and a natural occurrence in babies. Some parents start their babies on solids much earlier than advised in the hopes that it will help them sleep through the night. However, this is not the most effective and has little effect on reducing night-waking.
Don’t give them peanuts or it will cause a peanut allergy
Way back when, parents were told to avoid giving their kids allergenic foods like eggs, fish, peanuts and tree nuts until they were over a year old. This was apparently to help prevent allergies. But according to what we know now, giving kids peanuts between the ages of four and eleven months can actually help prevent the allergy.
Start with thin pureed foods when first introducing solids
When you start your baby on solids, it’s important to keep it as simple as possible. Start with thin and soft foods because your baby’s ability to eat solids depends on neuro-muscular development. Babies can only suck when they start out on solids, after which they start “munching” before eventually chewing.