A Guide For The Japanese Weaning Method

Having good eating habits is very important for any baby to stay strong and healthy. In fact, you can start to help your baby form their meal routines since they are just months years old. It is recommended that you start doing this right when your baby’s weaning period begins. Picking a good weaning method will help you a lot. In addition to the traditional weaning method and Baby-led Weaning method, the Japanese weaning method is getting popular recently, especially to Asian parents. So what is special about this method? Let’s take a look.

What is The Japanese Weaning Method?

The Japanese Weaning Method ( JWM) is believed to help your children to have a better appetite, improve their digestion, and full nutritional supplements. The JWM respects the original flavor of each ingredient in your baby’s meal. They will be kept separate and not mixed together. This will help your baby to feel the original taste of each food, thereby stimulating their appetite.

Japanese-style weaning foods are also coarser because the Japanese think that will stimulate the child to chew, then swallow, so they will feel the taste of food. The fact that children have to chew food also helps to release gastric juice, making them taste the foods better.

In addition, the JWM diet also emphasizes aesthetics when presenting dishes. Most children’s meals are usually very colorful and beautifully shaped. This is justified in order for the child to find it attractive enough to enjoy the meal.

On top of that, different from the way of raising children of many other mothers, when mothers in Japan wean their baby, they absolutely do not force their children to eat. Explaining this, mothers said that if you force your child to eat, it will make the meal an obsession. From there, the baby will be more afraid of eating. This can both make children feel obsessed with meals, but more importantly, it leads to serious consequences such as choking food into the airway.

How To Do The Japanese Weaning Method

The Japanese-style weaning method helps mothers learn the carefulness and meticulousness when preparing food for their children. It also a method to help your baby get familiar with solid food early. As they chew and swallow solid food, it will stimulate your baby’s jaw muscle development.

In the case of a child already anorexic, you should not force them to eat a large amount of food at a time. Instead, you should split the foods into several meals throughout your baby’s day. Make sure that they still get enough nutrients for each meal. 

The Japanese weaning method off or any other dietary method must ensure all the ingredients: starch, fat, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Regarding the solidity of foods, you should process them differently depends on your baby’s health and development condition. If they are still young and having illnesses, you should offer foods that are thinner and softer than usual. And remember to give them plenty of water to stay hydrated

Basically, Japanese weaning food can be understood simply as:
– Children eat solid foods early.
– Eat a variety of foods.
– Processing methods: Prepare food in frozen form, freeze it in the refrigerator for up to a week, and then each meal will thaw a sufficient amount for the baby.
– Let your baby eat separate dishes, not mixed together as the traditional weaning food.
– Always respect the likes and wishes of the child.

From the above facts, we cannot deny the advantages of this method, so Japanese-style weaning for babies is the choice of many mothers, with the hope of helping children feel better.

The Principles of Japanese Weaning Method

Here are the main principles of the JWM: 

– Light food
– Balanced nutrition of 3 food groups: starch – protein – vitamins.
– A nutritional balance between solid foods and breastmilk.
– Feed your baby according to their need.
– Do not force-feed your baby
– You should let the baby sit in a chair seriously.
– Do not use distractions like TV, Phone, or Toys while feeding your baby.
– Create a fun and comfortable atmosphere during the meal.
– Do not compare the child’s ability to eat with other babies.

The Stages of The Japanese Weaning Method

Japanese weaning meals are divided into the following phases:

Stage 1 (from 5-6 months old)

This is the stage when your baby starts to practice solids. Baby food is cooked in powder form and compared to make it easy for your baby to swallow. Mother can feed the baby dilute porridge at the ratio of 1:10 (1 rice, 10 water). Porridge cooked carefully, then sifted through the net to feed your baby.

During this period, mothers should let children get acquainted with dishes such as boiled potatoes, boiled vegetables, porridge, white fish, lean meat, young tofu, carrots, pumpkin, bananas, and apple. Remember to use a sieve to make a puree, don’t use a blender. Doing this will separate the ingredients so that your baby can taste the original flavor of their foods. It is possible to gradually increase the consistency from very thin to thin and gradually compare to practice the baby’s chewing and swallowing reflex.

Stage 2 (from 7-8 months old)

Entering stage 2, babies begin to practice using their tongue to get food and practice chewing. Your baby food should be simmered and mashed. At this stage, the baby can eat porridge at a more consistent rate (1:7). After cooking, you still have to use the sieve to make a puree.

At this stage, in addition to the dishes as the previous period, you can add eggs chicken breast meat, redfish, cucumber, mushrooms. Again, adjust the food solidity to suit your baby.

Stage 3 (from 9-11 months old)

This stage, the baby can chew sluggishly. So you can gradually increase the hardness of food so that the baby can chew with their gums. Children can eat porridge with a ratio of 1: 5 (1 rice and 5 water). You can also let your baby eat whole grains well-cooked porridge if their chewing is good enough. 

At this stage, in addition to the food as the previous stages, you can add shrimp, pork, beef, chicken, vermicelli, vermicelli, or bean sprouts for the baby.

Stage 4 (from 1 year old and up)

At this stage, the baby has more teeth so he can chew food. Baby food should be cooked soft enough. After the above 3 stages of weaning, from 1 year old onwards, your baby can eat more squid, crab, almost all vegetables, and gradually turn to crushed rice.

There you go, here are the things you should know about the Japanese weaning method. Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments