Starting to wean your baby

It is rewarding for any parent to see how quickly their tiny newborn grows and develops and good nutrition is vital to their health and happiness.
Breast milk is the ideal first food, containing all the natural nutritional content that is specific to babies’ needs. Infant formula is a good alternative for when breastfeeding is not possible.

Generally, after the first month, babies gain an average of 1 to 2lbs a month for the first 6 months. Beyond this stage, a combination of both milk and solid foods is needed to promote growth while babies gain approximately 1lb per month.

At around 4 to 6 months, babies begin to sit up with support, can control their heads and often put anything that they can hold into their mouths.

At this stage they may seem less satisfied with the milk that they are given and more conscious and curious of adult eating habits, especially those of their parents. This is a good sign that they are now ready to start eating solid foods themselves, which complements the milk that they are given, with the added benefit of providing even more nutrients. This is a very exciting phase for babies as they can experiment and learn to enjoy new and different tastes you offer them.

It’s true that all babies grow and develop differently. Many are happy to wait until 6 months to begin weaning, however others may seem to be ready before that time. 4 months or 17 weeks is the earliest age that you should consider beginning to wean your baby. For further advice it would be advisable to consult your Healthcare Professional.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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