WEANING: Where to start?

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So you’ve probably just mastered breastfeeding or figuring out a bit of a routine with your bottle feeding journey and now it’s time to throw another thing in the works. WEANING! I’m here on my second weaning journey with my little boy and to be honest there is always more to learn and every baby is different. I’m sure everyone from your Mum to your family, and best friends will have an opinion on when you should start weaning your baby. It can make it all a bit overwhelming.

Todays advice is to wait until 6 months before you start weaning your baby as they get all the nutrition they need from breast or formula milk until that point. Things start to change in your baby at around 6 months, their iron stores start to lessen and so that is one of the reasons why we are encouraged to start introducing them to solids at that point. There is all well explained on NHS website…

I started weaning Mia just as she turned 5 months. I felt she was ready. I went with my gut. Emil is nearly 5 months but I feel he needs more time until first solids. It’s really important to make sure your baby can hold it’s head comfortably. To start with you will only be offering a few spoons a day and so they don’t need to be able to sit for an hour but they do need to be comfortable.

So whether you are going with baby led weaning or spoon fed please share with me your weaning journey to inspire and get inspired. I’m second time mother and I’m so passionate about making healthy start for my baby by making healthy baby food. I will try my best to introduce variety of food from day one so follow us on our journey and share your experience with us as well.

Happy Weaning!!

24 Comments
  • Yeah Lifestyle

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    It can be so difficult to know when to start weaning! I always kept to the advice given by professionals but it can be hard to know when to turn when different people are giving you different information.

    • Leila

      So true!

  • Claire

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    Oh wow these days seem like a distant memory to me now! My son is 12 and I can’t fill him, I remember fondly the days a pureed bit of carrot would last a few days.

    Good luck with your weaning journey x

    • Leila

      Thank you Claire.

  • Sarupa Shah

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    When it comes to babies everyone does have a great opinion but your advice here is sound as I do believe mum knows…and some babies need weaning earlier for sure!

    • Leila

      So true! Thanks Sarupa!

  • Sim @ Sim's Life

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    Gosh I remember the weaning stage! It was so exciting to see my daughter try mushed banana and sweet potato for the first time! Mum’s definitely know best, but nice to have the guidelines there! Sim x

    • Leila

      Thanks Sim x

  • Emmy

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    This seems to be such a tough transition for many moms! I had a very different experience (long story) but I was so grateful that my son was easy with a transition to a bottle and a transition to solids. I wish you luck!

    • Leila

      Thanks Emmy! x

  • Anosa

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    I love this, every baby is different and will wean differently. Both my nephew and niece were weaned after 6 months and they love their food.

    • Leila

      Thanks Anosa!

  • Samantha Donnelly

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    I have never understood the weaning stage when my Daughter was a baby it was 4 months then it moved to 6 months. This shows that all babies are different and you will know when your baby is ready to move on

    • Leila

      I so much agree!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN

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    Having had three children myself I can safely say that the time to start will depend on the child. Mine were ready early and did very well with that.

  • Rhian westbury

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    I don’t have kids myself so don’t know too much about weaning but I think it’s just so important to do what feels right for both you and the baby x

  • Joanna

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    No child is the same and only you, as a mother, know best when he is ready for the next steps in life.

    • Leila

      Totally agree!

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

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    When to start weaning was always a tricky one, especially with my first. However, with babies two and three I let them guide me as to when they were ready to start moving onto food.

  • Kira

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    Weaning has always been a taboo topic. My eldest is 16 and it was advised to start weaning at 4 months then , so I honestly do think mum knows best and all babies are different

  • Jenna Parrington

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    I miss our weaning journeys – we had so much fun and I don’t understand why so many people find it so stressful.

    • Leila

      I enjoy weaning too!

  • Steve

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    I am really struggling to get my son away from formula milk. He is nearly 18 months but still wakes up every night and screams until we give in!

    • Leila

      I would talk to pediatrician they must have some good tips how to wean him off.

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