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How to know when to wean your baby.

Updated on September 30, 2012
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How to know when to wean your baby is a question most first time parents will start to ask once they're in the swing of feeding and sleeping.

The guidelines have changed many times over the years and like most things will probably continue to do so as new research is discovered.

Family and friends will most probably also be a good source of information as will websites, parenting magazines and health care professionals.

The current recommendations of Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) suggest between 4 - 6 months. According to more current research, they report that withholding certain foods does not delay or prevent allergies in children. They also suggest that avoiding certain foods may actually increase the risk of allergy although more research is needed. If you are unsure of do not have the confidence to offer your baby certain foods then speak to your health care provider or visit the (ASCIA) website.

Things to look for in your baby

  • Tongue thrust - protects your baby from choking. If your baby is still poking his tongue out especially when you put food on it then you will need to wait a bit
  • .Head and neck support - your baby must be able to support himself
  • Showing more of an interest in food you are eating

What to do if your baby is ready.

  • Continue breast or formula feeding as normal
  • Offer one-two small tablespoons of food to start with
  • Try a different food every 3-4 days. Don't be put off if your baby doesn't like it try again in a while, it can take more than 10 times for a baby to accept new tastes and textures.
  • Foods that you are concerned may cause allergies - brush your lips against baby's whilst or immediately after you have eaten for example egg or peanut butter. Observe for any redness or swelling around the mouth.
  • Initially make the texture similar to single cream, gradually increasing the thickness - aiming for soft lumps around 7 months
  • Offer all foods, you can start with pureed vegetables, baby rice, baby cereal
  • Offer food in between feeds when your baby is not too hungry and of course not to tired
  • Prepare for mess
  • Sit and eat with your baby.


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Note: The guide is not meant to be fully comprehensive and is meant for information only. The author makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, regarding the efficacy or use for any reason of the information contained within this article.

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