When is a baby ready to wean?
Posted 10/07/2012 11:44:00 | Filed under Our Experts
Hello. I wanted to talk to you about the weaning stage and offer some advice on deciding when your baby might be ready.
As your baby develops, the time will come when they are ready to try some solid foods. Some signs that your baby might be ready for weaning include:
- Staying in a sitting position and holding their head steady
- Co-ordinating their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth all by themselves
- Swallowing food - babies who are not ready will push their food back out
As a guide, the Department of Health recommends that weaning should start from around 6 months. If your baby is showing signs of a growing appetite at an earlier age, it could be that they’re just going through a growth spurt. So it’s important to get in touch with your health visitor before trying solids – remember that a young baby’s digestive system is not ready to process solid food.
I hope you’ve found this post useful. But if you have any questions about weaning or anything else, just get in touch with one of our experts on 0800 996 1000.
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