Where to begin
There are two schools of thought on when to wean: The recommendation from the UK Department of Health (DoH), and the cues your baby gives you that they’re ready.
UK DoH Guidelines
Currently, the UK DoH recommends introducing solid foods, on top of breast or formula milk, to your baby at around six months of age. Solid foods should never be introduced before 17 weeks old unless under recommendation from a GP or paediatrician because at that age, your baby’s digestive tract will not be mature enough to manage anything other than breast milk or formula.
Your Baby’s Guidelines
Each baby is different and develops at different rates so why should an arbitrary number apply to your child? Watch for these signs that your child may be ready to experience solid foods. These include:
- Sitting up with little or no support
- Wanting to chew, putting toys and other objects in his mouth
- Grabbing a handful of your food and popping it in his mouth
If you do decide to wean your baby before they are six months old, it is advisable to avoid certain foods that may cause adverse reactions, such as intolerance and allergies.