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Steps towards independence

Weaning and independence in babies


From a psychological point of view, weaning is the first important step in the partial detachment of the child from its mother, and represents an initial move towards independence from the maternal figure. Here is some advice to help you to guide your child towards the acquisition of independence, beginning at the table.

Weaning is a delicate process, not only from a nutritional perspective, but also with regard to the development of autonomy and independence. It is important to guide little ones along this fascinating journey to awareness, as, bite after bite, they discover increasing autonomy and independence.

Respect your baby's timing

First and foremost, try to respect your baby's timing, supporting this delicate transition in a calm manner. Little ones should not be forced or ordered to eat - they are the ones that will show the first signs of being ready for the change, becoming distracted while feeding and demonstrating curiosity in what mummy and daddy or older brothers and sisters are eating.

Avoid forcing little ones to eat

In any case, foods must be offered to baby with no obligation to eat - sometimes, several attempts may be necessary. Despite a sense of curiosity, in fact, a degree of wariness when it comes to new foods is normal, and forcing these on little ones can lead to refusal, which may continue over time.

Sit down at the table with a smile

Mealtimes should not be accompanied by anxieties and tensions, and food should not be used as a prize or a punishment - the attitude of the parents is key to developing a positive approach to food that will accompany the child into adulthood.

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