When is my baby ready to start weaning?*
Breast milk or formula provides all of your baby's nutritional needs for the first six months, but some mums may find their baby's appetite increasingly difficult to satisfy before he is 6 months old.
After 17 weeks, you may notice some signs that your baby is ready to start being gently weaned on to solid foods, in addition to her usual breast or formula milk.*
These can include:
- your baby appears to be still hungry after feeds
- your baby is watching what you are eating with great interest
- your baby can sit up supported
This doesn't necessarily mean you have to start weaning and it is worth offering more milk at each milk feed to see if this satisfies him before trying solids.* Under no circumstances should you give solid foods to your baby before she is 17 weeks old as this can increase the risk of infection and allergy.
Should I feed my baby on demand or to a fixed schedule?
Whether you are breastfeeding or using formula milk it is ideal to get into a daily feeding routine. Babies generally do well on a routine as it helps them to feel safe and cared for.
What are the best foods to start weaning my baby?*
Your baby's first foods should be very simple, very smooth and very bland. Baby rice and cereals mixed with breast or formula milk until they have a semi liquid consistency, and single fruit or vegetable purées blended with your Braun Multiquick hand blender are best. Favourite fruits and vegetables generally include bananas, carrots and potatoes.
*Babies are ready to eat solid foods at different ages. In case of doubt or questions, always check with your pediatrician.