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When to start weaning

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Look out for the signs

Weaning is a huge step for you and your baby. It’s an exciting time, but it can be worrying. The most important thing is to wait until your baby is ready. Fortunately, they will tell you quite clearly – if you know the simple signs to look out for.

The Department of Health recommends you wait until your baby is 6 months old before weaning.

Signs they are ready to start weaning:

Sitting up independently
Sitting up independently

Sitting up independently

Can they sit easily in a highchair with their back supported?

holding head upright
holding head upright

Holding head upright

Can they hold their head steady and move it from side to side?

Coordinating hands eyes and mouth
Coordinating hands eyes and mouth

Coordinating hands, eyes and mouth

Can they grasp objects, like teethers, and put them into their mouth?

Interested in food
Interested in food

Interested in your food

Do they avidly watch you eat, or try to take food from your plate?

Able to swallow food
Able to swallow food

Able to swallow food

Babies who aren’t yet ready to wean will push their food back out.

Still hungry after milk feed
Still hungry after milk feed

Still hungry after a milk feed

This could be a sign – or they might be growing.

Is it just a growth spurt?

Your baby should be showing most of these signs before you start to introduce solid foods. Increased appetite alone doesn’t necessarily mean your baby is ready.

Learn more about the signs of weaning.

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