Most babies are ready to move from an exclusive milk diet to one that includes solids at around six months, but you are the best judge of when it’s time to wean. Here are a few guidelines on weaning to help you make an informed choice.
Weaning your baby onto solids is an exciting milestone. To help you, this article includes essential weaning advice about when is the right time to start weaning your baby.
A healthy balanced weaning diet can improve your child’s eating habits for life, so it’s important to get him off to the right start, and we’re here to help you achieve just that.
Complementary feeding or weaning starts when breastmilk alone is no longer sufficient for your baby. To meet his increasing nutritional requirements, other foods and liquids are needed, along with breast milk.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life. Weaning your baby can start after he is 6 months of age. Whether or not your baby will like and accept the new foods you offer him is something that you will discover along your new journey.
At 6 months, your baby may not be interested in eating solids. It is, however, important to keep trying. He will start to enjoy it soon. Moving on from a milk-only diet to solid food is an important stage in his overall development, because solid foods contain essential nutrients that his growing body needs, like iron. It is also rewarding to see your little one enjoy different kinds of foods!
Your baby has his own way of communicating, but there are signs that hint he’s ready to try solid foods, like demanding more milk. When these 3 signs appear simultaneously, it means your baby’s ready for weaning.
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