Weaning 101: Signs of readiness

UK guidelines recommend starting to wean when your baby is around 6 months old, and no earlier than 17 weeks old. At this age, your baby’s digestive system, kidneys and nerves (which all play an important role) should have developed enough for them to start with solid foods.

Every baby is different, so it’s important to be familiar with the signs of readiness that mean they’re developmentally ready. These include:

  • Sitting up and holding their head up with limited support
  • Showing interest in your food and reaching for it
  • Allowing you to put a spoon in their mouth without them spitting it back out

There are some other behaviours that can be mistaken for readiness, such as your baby being hungrier, putting their fist in their mouth, or waking in the night, but these are simply a sign of growth and teething.

As always, if you’re unsure, speak to your health care practitioner for help and advice.