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Weaning & Moving On

Weaning is when you introduce solid food into your baby's diet alongside their usual breast/formula or combination milk feeds. Weaning is advised to start at 6 months of age as up to this point babies get everything they need to grow and be healthy from their milk. 

Introducing solid food too early can increase the chance of your baby becoming an overweight baby or child. Being overweight greatly increases the chance of health problems such as Diabetes in childhood and later in life. It is also important to wait until your baby can eat food safely to reduce risks such as choking. 

It can be difficult to know if your baby is ready to move on to food as they may show signs they are interested in your food or be asking for more milk. Before 6 months these are often normal signs that your baby just needs more milk. There are 3 clear signs that your baby is ready to try solid foods and that it is safe to do so.

Watch this short animation to find out if your baby is ready yet.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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