According to the NHS, you can start to think about your baby’s weaning journey from six months onwards. It’s important to remember that some babies will be ready to wean sooner than others.

What are the signs my baby is ready to wean?

The typical signs your baby is ready for food include being able to sit up independently, being able to reach out for food, hold it, and put it in their mouths themselves. Baby should most importantly, be able to swallow food – instead of spitting food back out.

Quick five tips for weaning

  • How much baby eats is less important than getting them used to the idea of eating, as they’ll still continue to receive all the nutrients and daily calories they need from their milk.
  • Try different tastes and textures. It’s wise to introduce one food at a time in case of any intolerances. Always bear in mind that it can take a baby up to ten tries to get used to a new food/flavour.
  • Let your baby explore their food, by touching and holding. Keep distractions to a minimum to keep them focussed.
  • Let them copy you – try to eat at the same time as baby so they can see you using your cutlery.
  • Do not add sugar or salt to your baby’s food (including gravy and stock cubes)
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