The campaign is being launched as part of the Start4Life programme, which aims to boost health during pregnancy, birth and children’s early years.

Official advice being given to parents and carers in Tameside and Glossop is that most babies should not start solid foods until they are around six months old.

By this point their bodies are better able to cope with solid foods and they are more able to feed themselves. They are also better at moving food around their mouth, chewing and swallowing.

The last UK Infant Feeding Survey showed that three-quarters of parents and carers had introduced solid foods by the time their baby was only 5 months old.

A brand-new weaning hub has also been launched on the Start4Life website which will help parents and carers when weaning their baby.

Packed with NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes for different age groups, it puts everything parents and carers need to know in one place.

It also includes new videos showing the signs that indicate babies are ready to wean, how much food to give, and weaning tips from other parents and carers.

Developed in partnership with parents and carers, the weaning hub makes it easy to find answers to weaning questions and get information relevant to a baby’s age and weaning stage. The hub is intended to provide 24/7 online advice which will complement the support already available from health visitors


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