• When your baby starts to watch you eat, becomes a little less settled at night, and slows down his/her weight gain, it could be time to think about weaning.

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  • Contrary to popular belief, the first food that you give your baby doesn't have to be ground rice, although many mums like to use it to introduce their little ones to the texture of solid food without the strong flavor. Depending on how ready for weaning you feel your child is, you can head straight for the purees or start with rice and work your way up.

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  • The whole concept of solid food will be completely alien to your baby at first, so keep the food as simple and as smooth as possible. Prepare yourself for some hilarious expressions and have a camera at the ready.

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  • Packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other nutrients, root vegetables, like sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip, make excellent first weaning foods as they create smooth purees that are unlikely to cause allergies.

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  • With a hearty helping of the superfood kale, courgettes (zucchini), and peas, this gorgeous green puree is filled to the brim with nutrients and makes a great early-weaning recipe.

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  • Babies seem to be born with a sweet tooth, so, if your little weaner is struggling with the concept of vegetables, then a great way to combat this is to include some fruit in your purees. Asparagus alone might be unpopular, but, with some apple mixed in, it's a surefire winner.

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  • You may decide that pureeing is not for you (or, your baby may decide that for you), in which case "baby-led weaning" could be the way to go. Letting children "feed themselves from the very beginning of their experiences with food" gives them the opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy nutritious and delicious family meals from Day 1.

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  • The key to successful baby-led weaning is selecting foods that are "finger-friendly." Bananas, broccoli, and strips of cheese are great starters.

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