20/11/2013 at 21:01
If you are thinking about weaning early, it is ok and can be done! But it has to be done safely and when your baby is absolutely ready, not family members, friends or you as parents. The baby must dictate the move from being exclusively milk fed to introducing solids. NO baby should be given solids before 17 weeks of age as they not physiologically ready, the gut, oesophagus, or kidneys are not developed enough. Virtually all babies will be ready by the age of 6 months, but some are indeed ready sooner.
The indicators that your baby is ready are:
(NHS Change4life - introducing solids booklet)
Discuss your weaning choices with your Health Visitor or attend a local weaning lecture (run by your Children's Centre, at local health centre or library - ask your HV for more details).
In order to make an informed choice and do the best for your baby read the following links. Please don't be pressurised by relatives, friends or partners, let you baby be the one who guides you!
Please note that if you want to try Baby-Led-Weaning you must wait until your baby is 6 months old!!
25/11/2013 at 14:11
Thanks for this post Nicola, there are so many pressures that come with being a parent and I found deciding when to wean one of the hardest and people do judge you! Its important to do your research and to talk to a health visitor. With my lo I made a checklist to decide if I thought he was ready
27/11/2013 at 13:54
Thanks Jodie-lou, a checklist is such a good idea!! It is a hard decision to make, but all the information is out there to help. x
02/01/2014 at 20:57
Thanks for the advice Nicola.I think you're so right about not being pressured by others and letting your baby lead you - My lo definitely seems ready to start weaning, and I feel confident that I'm doing the right thing for him. I'm just starting him on baby rice once a day, and we'll see how we go from there. 4 days in so far and all seems to be going to plan x
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