OooOoOO Weaning topic is always interesting as everyone has their own views!
So I ask the question what is the RIGHT time to wean!
Over the years the guidelines as to when to start weaning have changed dramatically. Your parents might tell you how they gave you rusk in your milk when you were only 8 weeks old. And if you have older children you may remember that mums were advised in the last decade to start weaning when their babies were between 4 and 6 months old.
In 2003 the Department of Health issued guidelines (based on recommendations by the World Health Organization and UNICEF) that weaning should start at 6 months.
It is now thought that, in general, babies under 6 months have kidneys and guts that are not mature enough to cope with a more diverse diet and that early weaning can increase the risk of infections and the development of allergies like eczema and asthma.
Personal experience my son would off lasted until 4 months never mine 6 months, he was draining a 9oz bottle every two hours and crying for more in between. I was advised by my health visor to start my son at a mere 14 weeks. A bit of baby rice to start with by the time he was 6 months he was having three meals a day and still five 9oz bottles. He was such a hungry boy.
Signs to look out to start weaning.
There are signs to look out for if baby is ready to wean. Does LO watch as you eat and copy your motions? (I.e. put their hand up to their mouth as if they are eating?). Also an increasing appetite and demanding more and more feeds. Making chewing motions. And waking in the night when they used to sleep through could be a sign. If so then they might be ready to wean. Just make sure you keep giving them water to as sometimes hunger can be misled for just thirst or a growth spurt.
I think as a mum you instantly know when you child is ready to wean, but do try every option first before you do as the longer you hold out is better as Baby lead weaning is good for everyone all round.
Baby Led Weaning just means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food, in other words – no more mush! You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t.
That’s the essence of Baby Led Weaning. No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher, no baby rice, no weird fruit and veg.
Combos… just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy with the family.
Here is some links off the NHS website about weaning
Baby Weaning/Lead NHS Linky