When should I start weaning?

Babies only need breast milk or infant formula for the first few months. You may spot signs your baby is ready to try solid food when they’re around six months old.

A baby being fed with a spoon

All babies develop at their own pace. Looking for these three signs together is a better way to know when your baby is ready:

  1. They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
  2. They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth to look at food, pick it up and put it in their mouth by themselves.
  3. They can swallow food. Babies who aren’t ready will push it out with their tongue.

Babies don’t need teeth to start weaning. Once they’re able to chew, their gums will be hard enough to mash soft or ripe foods. At first, they may be more interested in squeezing, licking and sucking food to find out how it works.

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