Moving on to weaning

Weaning is the process of moving babies on from only drinking milk to eating solid foods. Babies should be weaned at around six months of age, recommends the Department of Health

Advise parents that many babies have a growth spurt at around four months, which can make them hungrier than usual. It’s important not to confuse this with the real signs of weaning because an infant’s digestive system needs time to develop before solids are introduced.

Babies have a growth spurt at around four months, which can make them hungrier than usual

In such cases, babies may benefit from an infant formula milk for hungrier babies that contains more casein protein. This may take longer to digest, which can help hungrier babies feel more satisfied. Further details on weaning can be found in the 6 months+ section.

  Is my baby ready for weaning?

Signs to look out for that indicate a baby may be ready for weaning include:

  • Staying in a sitting position, holding their head steady
  • Co-ordinating their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at food, pick it up and put it in their mouth by themselves
  • Swallowing food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out.


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