Weaning From The Bottle

Safety & Hygiene

Ready-made baby foods

It can be handy to have some ready-made baby foods in the house such as jars, tins or packets but don't let these replace family food altogether.

Always check the ‘use by' and ‘best before' dates, always make sure seals have not been broken.

Make sure you choose ‘sugar free' or foods which do not contain added sugars or sweetners. Some baby foods say suitable from four months but health experts agree that around six months is the best age to begin solid foods.

Safety and hygiene

Cook all food thoroughly and cool it lukewarm before giving to your baby. Cool food as quickly as possible (ideally within one to two hours) and place in the fridge or freezer. Food placed in the fridge should be eaten within two hours. Make sure that frozen food is thoroughly defrosted before re heating. Reheat food thoroughly so it is piping hot all the way through. Allow it to cool before offering to your baby. Cooked food should not be reheated more than once.

Always wash your hands before preparing your baby's food and check your baby's hands are clean before feeding. Keep surfaces clean and prevent pets from coming near food or surfaces where food is prepared.