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When is best for baby weaning?

Signs that indicate a baby is developmentally ready for baby weaning food:

Baby can sit up and hold their head steady.

Baby has lost her tongue-thrust reflex.

Baby is looking at you enviously as you eat and seems keen to join in, tries to grab your food.

Baby is able and keen to chew.

Baby is developing pincer skills; forefinger and thumb.

The term “weaning” refers to the introduction of solid baby foods into a baby’s diet.

The department of health recommends that babies are weaned at 6 months of age. Until then, breast milk and formula meet the nutritional requirements of most healthy babies.

However all babies are different. Many parents find their babies are ready for solid baby foods before the age of 6 months. If this is the case then that’s o.k.

It’s good to wean your baby when they are ready and it’s fine if that’s earlier than 6 months just so long as it’s not before 4 months or – to be precise – the end of the baby’s 17th week.

The age a baby is developmentally ready for solid baby foods will vary. It’s important to look out for signs that indicate your baby is ready for weaning food.

Try to look at all the signs of increased readiness as a whole instead of any one sign in isolation.

Whenever you decide to wean your baby, remember that first baby foods are just tasters for your baby. At first a couple of teaspoons are all your baby needs. Breastmilk or formula is still intended to be the principal source of nutrition up until the age of 1 year (and this is particularly the case up until the age of 6 months).

Baby weaning foods:

Once your baby reaches weaning age, you can introduce them to exciting new flavours and colours through food. What a welcome change for them!

For many new parents this is also a daunting time. There is so much conflicting information on the internet that leads to confusion over:

When to wean your baby

Whether to go for baby purees or finger foods

What foods to introduce first on this wonderful journey.

Here is a quick look at the type of baby foods your baby may enjoy eating at different stages in the first few months of weaning.

If your baby has a family history of allergies or has eczema please speak with your doctor before introducing common allergens (e.g. eggs, nuts, gluten, wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, soya, sesame, citrus) to your baby. Optimum timing of introduction of common allergens may vary depending on specific medical history. If you are unsure whether your baby is developmentally ready, speak with your doctor or health visitor.


First Weaning
(17wks)
6 Months
(26wks)
7-9 Months9-12 Months
Foods to serve:Foods to serve:Foods to serve:Foods to serve:
Smooth pureesSmooth purees & mashed food.Mashed & lumpy food. Soft finger foodsMashed & minced

family meals. Finger foods

Introduce:Introduce:Introduce:Introduce:
Veg: soft cooked root veg, green veg, potatoes, sweet potatoesVeg: soft cooked root veg, green veg, potatoes,
sweet potatoes
Veg: raw soft veg, eg; cucumber without peelVeg: raw soft veg, eg; cucumber without peel & lightly cooked veg
Fruit: soft cooked & pureed or mashed fruit, eg;
bananas, apples, pears, peaches, avocado & tomato
Fruit: soft cooked & pureed or mashed fruit, eg; bananas, apples, pears, peaches, avocado,
tomato & citrus fruit
Fruit: raw soft fruit & finger fruit eg; banana, melon, mango, avocado, kiwi & berries.

Stewed fruit eg; tomato, citrus fruit

Fruit: raw soft fruit & finger fruit eg; banana, melon, mango, avocado, kiwi & berries.

Stewed fruit eg; tomato, citrus fruit

Grains: smooth cereals eg; ground gluten free oats, baby rice & quinoaGrains: gluten containing foods (wheat, barley, rye)
eg; oats, pasta, couscous & bread
Grains: oats, pasta, rice, polenta, noodles, couscous, bread & cerealsGrains: oats, pasta, rice, polenta, noodles, couscous, bread & cereals
Protein: pureed pulses/lentils/meatProtein: mashed pulses/lentils. Pureed finely chopped meat & fishProtein: mashed pulses/lentils. Pureed finely chopped meat, fish & shell fishProtein: mashed pulses/lentils. Pureed finely chopped meat, fish & shell fish
Egg: British Lion Stamped eg; pureed, mashed boiled & scrambled.Egg: British Lion Stamped eg; mashed or sliced boiled egg & scrambled eggEgg: British Lion Stamped eg; chopped boiled egg & scrambled egg
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