What are the stages of weaning?

Under six months

Babies can get all their energy and nutrients from breast milk or formula. That’s all they need right now.

Six to seven months

If your baby is ready, start introducing them to new tastes and textures. This period is all about building food confidence.

A baby being fed yoghurt with a spoon

Seven to nine months

Your baby will be able to eat a portion of soft or mashed food three times a day. Baby-led weaning with finger foods is also fine (we recommend the NHS guidelines). They’ll also need breast milk or formula.

Ten to twelve months

Your baby can have meals chopped into bigger, soft lumps. They’ll also be able to put small pieces of food into their mouth themselves.

One year and older

Babies should be eating a wide range of foods at meals, and use a cup for any drinks except breast milk. By now, they’ll get most of their nutrients from solid foods. Breastmilk still provides energy and protection from infection.

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