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Signs that your baby is ready

Oscar Sitting

Things to look for:

  • Can hold his head up and can sit supported
  • Putting things in his mouth e.g. rattle
  • Taking an interest in you eating
  • Seems hungry after milk feeds, demanding feeds more often
  • Waking up at night after previously sleeping through

TOP TIP:  eat in front of your baby as much as you can. Before they start eating, this will spark their interest and when they are eating,  it encourages them to try what you are eating. 

When is the right time to wean? The theory…

Every baby is different, so be guided by your little one but weaning should not be before 4 months or later than 6 months.

  • There has been a lot on this in the media recently so you are right to feel confused.
  • The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months to protect babies in Developing countries against gastrointestinal infections.
  • There is no evidence to show that babies in the UK are more likely to get allergies or gastrointestinal infections if they are weaned before 6 months. In fact, introducing gluten between 4 and 7 months may reduce the risk of developing coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes and wheat allergy.
  • Before 4 months (17 weeks) his kidneys and digestive system are not ready for solids but by 6 months (26 weeks) formula/breast milk no longer provides all the nutrients needed.
  • Delayed weaning past 6 months may be linked with later feeding problems and development of allergies.

TOP TIP: Take the lead from your little one .

Reference http://www.bda.uk.com/publications/statements/PositionStatementWeaning.pdf