When to start weaning
When is the best time to start weaning?
With thanks to Sarah Almond-Bushell, MPhil, BSc (Hons) RD, MBDA, Registered Dietitian & Children’s NutritionistI’m sure you will have heard 6 months but actually that’s only half the story. Because each and every baby is different, they all develop at their own rate and so 6 months is only the ‘average’ age to start weaning. The actual guideline says ‘around’ 6 months. What you need to look out for are three signs of being developmentally ready. Once all three are there, you know your baby is ready for solid food. For most babies this coincides with their 6 month ‘birthday’.
The three signs to look out for are:
- A steady base – this means they can sit up well and hold their head steady.
- Have good hand eye coordination. This means that they can bring toys up to their mouths to explore.
- The absence of the tongue thrust reflex. This is when their tongue doesn’t stick out when they bring a toy to their mouths.