When to start weaning
Is your baby ready to start weaning?
As your baby becomes more active, they start to use lots more energy. Pushing their chest away from the floor, rolling over or practising sitting up all give them a bigger appetite. Which means it’ll soon be time to move onto more than milk, to provide them with the nutrients they need to develop.
The signs to look out for
Your baby will usually find ways to show you that they are ready for more than just milk -here's what to look out for:
- Able to swallow food - getting more in, than around, their mouth
- Sitting up and holding their head steady
- Directing objects towards their mouth and putting them in their mouth
Try to wait for a combination of these signs before introducing solid foods. Simply waking up during the night or sucking their their fists does not mean your baby is ready. If you think your baby is ready but is only showing one or two signs, speak to your health visitor or give us a call on 0800 977 8880.
Could it be a growth spurt?
At 4 months, lots of babies go through a growth spurt which can make them seem a lot hungrier than usual. It’s important not to confuse this with the real signs of weaning though because their digestive system needs time to develop before you introduce solids, however puréed they are! Be patient and if it is a growth spurt, your baby’s appetite should go back to normal relatively quickly. Remember you can always speak to our team or ask your health visitor for advice.
Any more questions?
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