Signs & Signals your baby is ready to wean
If you baby is showing you a few or most of the above signs and signals they are probably ready to start weaning.
Every baby’s growth and development timeline is slightly different. Some babies will happily wait until the 6 month stage and other babies need those extra calories and nutrients from as early as 17 weeks. It is perfectly safe to wean a baby from 17 weeks but never before. Your babies entire digestive and renal system is mature and ready for first foods at this age.
After 6 months of age milk feeds are no longer enough to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. At this stage it is also vital to add vitamin c into your baby’s diet to aid that all important iron absorption. A little pure orange mixed with cooled boiled once a day is all that is required. Add 5mls of pure orange diluted in 50mls of water. This is complementary to the vitamin c rich foods included in your baby’s daily diet. If you are breastfeeding vitamin A & D supplements should be continued with. You will also need to include at least two iron rich meals per day. For example a fortified baby breakfast porridge plus green vegetables at lunch or dinner.
If your baby is ready to wean but you don’t know where to start we have an easy step by step weaning guide in our online courses section that makes it really simple and straightforward (and enjoyable!) for parents.
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