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Moving on from milk

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Moving on from milk

Most babies can start their first food from about six months old, this is called weaning. Our 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service and Family Hub teams can give you information about weaning, and advice on what to safely start your little ones off with, from first tastes to first dinners. 

Where can I get advice?

You can speak to a Health Visitor or member of the Infant Feeding Team on 01226 774411 lines are open Monday - Friday 8:45am - 4pm. 

Email:  InfantFeedingService@barnsley.gov.uk or message Infant Feeding Service on Facebook 

If you just want some great tips online, take a look at these links and videos:

Weaning tips like avoiding salty and sugary foods and why children under 12 months should not eat honey.

Easy, healthy recipes for the whole family.

Top tips for fussy eaters.

What we eat and how we eat it - helping our children grow into healthy eaters.

What they can have and which cups they should use.

Baby Led Weaning

Baby-led weaning means giving your baby only finger foods and letting them feed themselves from the start instead of feeding them puréed or mashed food on a spoon.

Some parents prefer baby-led weaning to spoon-feeding, while others do a combination of both.

There's no right or wrong way. The most important thing is that your baby eats a wide variety of food and gets all the nutrients they need.

There's no more risk of choking when a baby feeds themselves than when they're fed with a spoon.

Ring your health visitor on 01226 774411 to talk about baby-led weaning.

Healthy Start Vitamins & Vouchers

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk, through the Healthy Start scheme.

Watch Family Hub Engagement Practitioner Mel talk you through the scheme: 


Click here to find out if you are eligible and to apply.


Did you know?
If you have a Healthy Start card you can pick up vitamins from:

  • Central Family Hub, Overdale Avenue, Kendray, S70 4BD
  • Athersley Family Hub, Lindhurst Road, Athersley North, S71 3NB
  • Grimethorpe Family Hub, Milefield Lane, S72 7BH
  • Darfield Nursery, School Street, Darfield, S73 9EW
  • Wombwell IKIC Centre, Barnsley Road, Wombwell, S73 8HT
  • Dearne Nursery, Billingley View, Bolton on Dearne S63 8ES
  • Thurnscoe Family Hub, Station Road, S63 0JR
Sites are open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm 

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