Current recommendations from health experts are to breast or bottle feed exclusively until your baby is six months old to ensure his digestive system is equipped to deal with solid food. Until then, your baby gets all the nutrients he needs from milk. However, as he gets older milk alone cannot satisfy his nutritional needs. When you suspect this is the case, it is time to start the weaning process.
Signs that Your Baby is Ready to Start Weaning
Before you start stage one weaning, you should look for signs that your baby is ready. These signs include:
- They can hold their head up unsupported
- They can sit up when supported
- They show an interest in what you’re eating
- They start waking up in the night for feeds when they weren’t previously
- They aren’t satisfied by breast or bottle feeding
If you are confident that your baby is ready to start weaning, continue to our stage one weaning section.