Weaning 101: Are they ready?

Weaning 101: Are they ready?

Every baby is different, so we put together some signs and behaviours that might indicate that they’re ready to start weaning—and some that might not.

Guidelines advise starting weaning when your baby is 6 months old. At this age, your baby’s digestive system, kidneys and nerves (which all play an important role) should have developed enough for them to start with solid foods.

But how can you know for sure? Well, some signs that your baby is ready to start weaning include:

  • sitting up without support
  • picking up food and putting it in their mouth
  • allowing you to put a spoon in their mouth

However, don’t be fooled by some other behaviours, such as your baby being hungrier, putting their fist in their mouth, or waking in the night—these might simply be a sign of growth and teething.

As always, if you’re unsure, turn to your health care practitioner for help and advice.