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When should I start to wean my baby?

Between four to six months you might find that your baby is waking in the night for a feed after a spell of sleeping through; still seems hungry after feeding; and gaining weight less quickly. These are the signs your baby is ready to be weaned.

You should continue to give your baby the same number of milk feeds during the first few months of weaning, as the amount of solid food he eats will not be a big portion of his diet for some time.

Do not start to wean earlier than four months as your baby’s gut and kidneys are too immature to digest anything other than breast milk or formula. Research shows that starting a baby on solid food before they are ready can increase the risk of developing food allergies.

How to introduce food into a baby’s diet

It is best to introduce solid food when your baby is not too tired or too hungry. A good food to start to wean is with is baby rice. It is bland but nourishing and is unlikely to cause any allergic reactions. Pureed vegetables or fruits are also good first foods. For the first few weeks all food should be smooth with no lumps. Combinations of fruits and vegetables can be introduced after a few weeks and given two times a day.

If your baby is not able to sit comfortably in a high chair then try sitting him in your arms and support his head with one arm whilst offering a spoon with the other.

Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner

Author of Baby and Child – Your questions answered

 

10649 Published April 2012

Revised November 2012

Review Scheduled November 2013

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