6 Months+

Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. The Department of Health and Children recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life and continue with the combination of nutritious foods for up to 2 years and beyond.

The most recent infant feeding guidelines as set by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (2012) recommend that all babies are weaned onto solid foods at about 6 months of age, no earlier than 17 weeks and not delayed beyond 6 months (26 weeks).

If you are now beginning solids, start with some simple recipes from the 4-6 month stage and work your way to this stage at baby's own pace (around 2 weeks after beginning) If you have started weaning already (earlier than 6 months) your baby may have gotten used to the spoon and has hopefully been enjoying their first tastes of solids. It may be time to introduce them to new flavours, and more importantly, textures. Because Milupa wants to be with you at each step, have a look at the weaning goals that you and your baby should hope to reach during this stage, and also on the weaning tips and advice.

NUTRITION FACT! Do you know what makes Milupa cereals good for your baby?

Milupa cereals contain essential nutrients, new tastes and textures to complement a mixed weaning diet. With a range of vitamind (e.g. A, B, C, D) and minerals (e.g. iron and calcium), Milupa cereals also contain nutritious cereal grains to help support your baby’s healthy growth.
By the way, the Milupa range contains no added salt!

Do!

  • Give your baby plenty of iron rich foods.
  • Increase the range of foods offered to avoid fussy eating later.
  • Give your baby a beaker to drink from.
  • Remember that your baby’s usual milk will still contribute to a large proportion of their diet yet so don’t decrease the volume too quickly.

Don't!

  • Delay weaning any later than six months.
  • Feed your baby processed adult-type sauces, stock cubes or gravies as these can be high in salt/sugar.
  • Give up if your baby doesn't accept a new taste first time.
  • Feed your baby cows' milk as their main milk drink before the age of one year.
  • Be put off by baby's facial expressions - focus on their willingness to eat the food.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whatever stage of the weaning process your baby is currently at, we know it's a new experience for both of you. That's why we've used our 30 years of expertise to bring you this list of the most frequently asked questions that weaning parents have asked us. We hope they help!
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Your 6 Months+ Goals
  • Establish a daily routine of 3 regular meals.
  • Introduce your baby to a beaker.
  • Get your baby used to holding a spoon.
Food & Nutrition
We’ve put together these useful meal planners, popular recipes and Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan for this stage of weaning.