What Is Weaning A Baby? Your FAQs, Answered!

Is your baby showing signs that he or she is ready to start weaning?

Do you feel like, based on your experience with previous children or with your own needs, it may be time to start your baby on the weaning process?

Do you still feel a little bit confused about what weaning really is and what you can expect from it?

These are all tough questions for parents and caregivers, but we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common FAQs you might come across when you’re thinking about weaning your baby. You’ll learn how to know when to wean your baby as well as the different methods you might try depending on which stage of the weaning process you’re at with your child.

This helpful guide to weaning baby is here to answer many of your questions and give you tips and helpful hints through every step of the way. We understand that the weaning process can be challenging even for the most compliant of babies and prepared parents, so we hope we can make it a little bit easier on you by offering some advice and suggestions that can improve the process.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the weaning process from start to finish!

Weaning Expectations

When it’s time to start thinking about weaning your baby, there are a few expectations you may have that are a little bit unrealistic. On the other hand, you may find yourself expecting something out of your child that he or she simply can’t give, and that’s not very fair to your little one either. In order to have a good, solid understanding of the weaning process, it’s first important to know what you can and can’t expect when working on weaning. Below, we’ve broken down this information into two sections to help you get started.

  • Your baby will be fussy. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll get through weaning without your baby showing any signs of fussiness. Your child is still acclimating to the world and any changes that occur are sure to be startling and upsetting. Give your baby plenty of time to slowly adjust to the idea of weaning rather than forcing it “cold turkey.”
  • You may lose sleep. It’s bound to be stressful trying to get your baby to eat or drink what he or she needs and making sure your child is getting enough nutrition while balancing his or her bad moods throughout the process. Try to set aside some time for yourself during all of this, and don’t hesitate to catch some daytime naps if you happen to find the chance, too.
  • You may not be able to feed your baby yourself for a while. Some babies won’t take well to being weaned away from breastfeeding by their mothers because they’ll feel as though Mom should still be nursing them. If this is the case with your child, you may need to let your partner take control of feeding and mealtimes for a little while. Eventually, your child will be fine with you feeding him or her, but you may need to prepare yourself for a few days out of the picture when feeding time rolls around.
  • Your baby’s sleep and diaper changing schedules may change. While your baby is trying to adjust to his or her new eating schedule and new foods, diaper changes are likely to happen at different times of the day as well. By now, you probably know a lot about what to expect from your baby’s poop, but don’t be concerned if it changes while he or she is trying out new foods, too. Your baby may also change his or her sleeping patterns if weaning is very distressing, so be prepared for this possibility.
  • Your baby will not behave exactly the same as another baby. Your sister’s child, your best friend’s child, or even your mother’s advice about you as a baby will not match the experience you have with your own little one, and that’s okay! Every baby is an individual, so you can’t expect your baby to behave just like another child you know or have been around.
  • Your baby will not necessarily follow your set schedule. Some babies do very well on routines and will adapt quickly to changes you make as part of a weaning schedule, but you can’t expect every baby to do this. Some little ones have a very hard time with new schedules or any changes at all, so be ready to change your plans if your baby seems to not be taking very well to your schedule. If this continues to be a problem over a longer period of time, you may want to consider baby led weaning or try talking to your pediatrician about other weaning options.
  • You may not be able to take any planned trips or work during this time. Once again, this really depends on your baby and how well he or she takes to schedule changes. Some children will be fine with you leaving to go to work during the day and will gladly start taking a bottle or using a sippy cup during the times when you’re not at home. However, other children may struggle with this, and if you’re not around to nurse them, they may refuse to eat altogether. You know your baby best, but be prepared for changes in his or her mood during weaning.
  • Other children may not be happy during this time either. Don’t forget about the other little ones who may be in your family while you’re working on weaning your baby. Older children may not totally understand what’s going on, so be sure you explain it to them very well so they have some idea what they can expect from the process, too. Set aside some time to spend one-on-one with the other kids in your family, especially if they’re starting to feel jealous of all the attention you’re giving your baby during the weaning process. If you need extra help, your older kids may enjoy a day out with your partner or with Grandma, too.

Baby Weaning FAQs

In this section, we’ll walk you through the most commonly asked questions about baby weaning that parents and caregivers just like you have wondered time and time again. Although weaning is a natural process, it can be very confusing and may be difficult to understand from an adult point of view. Your baby may be struggling even more with it than you are, of course, so be sure you’re well prepared so you can always help your child throughout the entire ordeal. This section will give you plenty of information to help you form a much more educated understanding of weaning from start to finish.

What is weaning a baby?

Before you start learning more about the different aspects of baby weaning, there’s one important question you need to know the answer to: what is weaning a baby, anyway? The answer to this question partly depends on what part of the world you’re from. In some countries, a baby is considered weaned if he or she is no longer nursing from the breast. However, in other places, the term “weaning” refers to different stages, including moving your baby to a bottle, to a sippy cup, and to solid foods. For the purpose of our article, we’re tackling the broader definition of the word.

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When weaning from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, the process is finished when your baby is no longer getting any nutrients from the breast. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is done with breast milk, however. If you’re still pumping breast milk and giving it to your baby in a bottle, your baby can still be called weaned since he or she is drinking solely from a bottle at this time.

When weaning from breast or bottle feeding to a sippy cup, the same idea holds true. Your baby is finished with weaning when he or she can drink everything out of the sippy cup. This may take a while to completely work through, but eventually, your child’s liquid nutrition will all come from a sippy cup instead of from a bottle or from the breast. By this stage, you should be considering removing breast milk from your child’s diet altogether.

Finally, when weaning your child onto solid foods, he or she is fully weaned when nutrition no longer comes from breast milk or formula. You will still be supplying cow’s milk to your child after this stage, but it should be in conjunction with a full plate of food. This is technically the last step in the weaning process, although moving from a sippy cup to a traditional cup or straw may still take place later on.

What is baby led weaning?

Baby led weaning is pretty much just what it sounds like: a weaning method that focuses on following your baby’s lead in terms of timing, food preferences, and more. This process focuses on giving your baby solid foods as early as possible instead of relying on purees and mush to help transition your child from bottle or breastfeeding to eating table foods.

Baby led weaning may sound a little concerning, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. However, this process is getting steadily more popular with parents and caregivers who find that their children are much happier working on weaning on their own with minimal guidance from adults in the family.

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There are a lot of safety concerns you should keep in mind when practicing baby led weaning. Remember, too, that just because your baby is leading the way through the process, that doesn’t mean you should step back entirely. It’s still up to you to prepare safe foods for your baby’s developmental stages, and you should also be able to choose healthy food options to help balance your child’s nutrition too.

Baby led weaning is best for children who are least 6 months old. While a few parents have had success with younger infants, it’s usually unsafe and unwise to give solid foods to babies who are too little to manage them well.

You may find that your pediatrician hasn’t heard of baby led weaning or brushes it off as a parenting fad. If this happens and you’re still determined to give it a try, you might want to get a second opinion. While you should value the medical advice your pediatrician offers, you may have a doctor who is not up to date on a lot of modern changes to the world of baby weaning.

Is choking a concern with baby led weaning?

Parents and caregivers who are starting to think about baby led weaning are often the most worried about choking. While choking is definitely a risk factor in the process of baby led weaning, there’s a lot you can do to prevent it.

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  • Keep in mind that your baby’s gums are able to chew more than you may give them credit for. While your toothless baby certainly can’t handle tearing into a steak or crunching up a stalk of celery, they can still get the job done if there are soft lumps in the foods you offer.
  • The number one thing you can do to prevent choking in your baby led weaning child is to prepare foods that are very soft and very small. Pieces of food that are too large may easily become lodged in your baby’s throat. If they’re too hard, your baby won’t be able to eat them without swallowing bigger pieces that can do the same.
  • While you may be opting for baby led weaning so you can avoid puree, don’t forget about mashes and mush. You can mash soft foods like avocados and bananas into a smooth consistency that isn’t pureed but is still plenty safe enough to serve to a younger baby, even on the baby led weaning path.

Another important factor to keep in mind is your ability to recognize and respond to a baby who is choking or gagging. If you choose to try baby led weaning, you should consider taking an infant CPR class before you get started. Although this may seem like a scary or negative thought, it could make a big difference if something unfortunate happens—and it’s a good skill to have regardless, anyway.

  • If your baby looks frightened and isn’t making any noise, this is a sign of choking. Your baby will not be able to breathe if this is happening. You should immediately respond to this situation.
  • If your baby is coughing and making noise while pushing food out of his or her mouth, this is gagging. While you should definitely stay alert when this happens, you should also try to remain calm. Babies have a strong gag reflex that is great for pushing lumps of food out of their mouths, especially if those lumps are too big.
  • If your baby seems in distress, definitely respond accordingly. However, if your baby is just pushing food out of his or her mouth, wait and let your child handle it without intervention.

At what age should you start weaning a baby?

Many parents and caregivers often wonder “at what age do you wean a baby?” The answer may be different for every child, but there are some things you can learn to look out for when you’re thinking about weaning. The answer is also different depending on whether or not you’re considering baby led weaning or mother led weaning, but some of the same rules hold true regardless of the weaning style you choose to use.

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  • Your child will eventually lose interest in being breastfed. If you’re going the baby led weaning route, you’ll want to wait for your child to stop wanting to breastfeed before you think much about weaning.
  • However, sometimes children continue to want to nurse until they are into their toddler years, and if this is the case, you should wean onto a bottle or sippy cup as well as solid foods before giving up breastfeeding entirely. In this situation, nursing is only a supplement to the rest of your child’s diet.
  • If your baby is looking interested in what you and the rest of the family are eating, it may be time to start thinking about weaning. Some babies start to watch the rest of the family at mealtime as early as just a few months of age, and they’re already learning how to eat solid foods by this point.
  • If you notice this occurring frequently with your little one, you might want to get started, especially if you’re opting for baby led weaning.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests breastfeeding for at least a year, but this is entirely up to you. Some mothers and children find it right to continue breastfeeding much longer than this, and may even keep up with it well into the baby’s toddler stage.
  • On the other hand, other mothers prefer to stop breastfeeding very early on, while some choose to never breastfeed at all. The decision is entirely up to you and your baby, and what works for you may not be the same as what works for other people you know.
  • You should never feel guilty about choosing to stop breastfeeding earlier than one year of age, and you should never feel strange or bad about breastfeeding your child past twelve months, either.
  • If you’re going back to work after maternity leave, think about weaning a few months before this event. Mother led weaning is a perfectly fine decision and it works well for a lot of families, but it’s important to understand the timing to ensure the success of your child.
  • Never wait until the last week before you’re going back to work to start trying to wean your baby onto bottles and/or formula. If you do this, you’re sure to run into problems that will push back the date of weaning and leave you and your baby both cranky and lacking sleep.
  • Babies under the age of four months should never be weaned onto solid foods, and it’s best to wait until at least six months in most situations. At four months, babies should still be on breast milk unless you have been formula feeding since day one. However, it’s okay to start introducing a bottle as early as four months in many situations.
  • With baby led weaning, children are introduced to solid foods much earlier than they are in traditional weaning. Because of this, however, it’s crucial that you’re only offering safe, soft, very small pieces of food at the six-month stage. Never give a baby younger than four months any solid foods at all, even when you’re on the baby led weaning method. This is very dangerous.

How can you know when it’s time to wean your baby?

“How do I know when to wean my baby?” This is a common question many parents and caregivers find themselves asking as their babies get a little bit older and out of the newborn stage. Depending on your baby’s age, you should start to notice signs that he or she is getting to the right developmental stage to start trying solid foods. These signs remain the same whether you choose to try baby led weaning or plan to offer purees and mush to your child for his or her first foods instead.

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  • Six months is usually the recommended starting point for weaning. Starting before this point means your baby is less likely to be developmentally ready for the process. Starting much later than six months may mean your child is too attached to breastfeeding or bottle feeding to manage a smooth transition to the next stage of weaning.
  • With that said, however, remember that your child may not necessarily match the normal weaning schedule perfectly. Being off by a few weeks or even a month is totally okay, and the six-month time frame is just a guideline.
  • Your baby should be able to pinch food between his or her fingers before weaning. Especially if you’ll be trying baby led weaning, you want your child to be able to maneuver food into his or her mouth easily, especially in baby-safe bite-size pieces.
  • Your baby should also be able to look at something, pick it up, and move it to his or her mouth before weaning as well. This is another crucial part of your child being able to feed himself or herself. If your baby hasn’t reached this developmental stage yet, you may want to wait another week or two and see how things are going then. This may mean your child isn’t ready for solids just yet.
  • Ideally, your baby’s gag reflex should calm down some before weaning, but this is different for every baby. You want your child to be able to eat purees and mush, as well as some bite-sized pieces of solid foods for baby led weaning, without pushing it all back out of the mouth right away.
  • Your baby’s gag reflex helps keep your child from choking, however, so you do want it to still be functioning properly when you feed your little one solids for the first time!
  • Your baby must be able to sit up and hold his or her head up without assistance before you ever try offering solid foods or even purees. If your baby can’t do this, do not give solid foods under any circumstances. Doing so could result in your child’s airways getting blocked or restricted, and this is very dangerous.

How long does it take to complete the weaning process?

When you’re in the middle of the weaning process and struggling to get your baby to eat or drink something new, you may catch yourself wondering “how long does it take to wean a baby anyway?” The answer, like many other aspects of the weaning process, differs from baby to baby. It can be frustrating waiting for your child to move on to the next step toward being fully weaned, but patience is the key to success!

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  • Most babies will wean from breastfeeding to bottle feeding and from bottle-feeding to solid foods within about a month each time. If you’re going straight from breastfeeding to solids you may want to give your child a little more time to adjust to this big change.
  • If you notice your child struggling with unique flavors and textures, you may need to slow down your steps a little bit more and introduce solids much more slowly. Let your baby get completely used to a couple of new flavors and textures at a time before springing something else new on him or her.
  • If your baby seems to be ready to wean even quicker than a month, that’s okay, too! Just be sure you’re actually following what your baby is letting you know and not trying to force your own schedule too much, within reason.

Does weaning mean the end of being close to your baby?

Absolutely not! A lot of nursing moms are concerned that their babies will not be close with them anymore when the weaning process begins, especially if breastfeeding has been their only source of nutrition up until that point. Although it’s common to worry about this, rest assured that your little one will still want and need to be near you for other reasons even after breastfeeding has finished.

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When you’re weaning your baby from breast to bottle feeding, you’ll still want to keep your child close by for mealtimes. Some babies will still need to feel skin-to-skin contact until they have adjusted to bottle feeding completely, too.

When transitioning your baby from breastfeeding to solid foods, this is a time to celebrate! Your baby will now need you to prepare his or her meals and make sure everything is safe so that there’s no risk factor with anything you’re serving. You’ll be able to enjoy mealtimes with your little one as part of the family at the table with everyone else now, too.

It’s normal to feel a little sad when breastfeeding is finished, but remember that there are always new and exciting ways for you and your child to spend time together as he or she grows up.

How can you start weaning your baby?

Learning how to begin weaning your baby is a good first step toward a successful weaning experience for everyone involved. Since we’re dealing with a few different variations on the weaning process in this article, we’ll give you some tips to help you get started weaning regardless of which stage you’re at.

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  • When weaning from breast to bottle feeding, start by nursing your baby a little bit with each breast for just a couple of minutes. This will get his or her appetite ready to go and will also make your child think you’re already finishing with nursing. This can give the illusion of still being hungry after a nursing session, which means your baby will be more inclined to try bottle feeding.
  • When weaning from breast or bottle feeding to solids, get ready for a mess! Be sure to pick a mealtime that’s in the midmorning or after naptime for best results. This way, your child will be awake, alert, and ready to have some new exciting experiences and flavor adventures, too.
  • If you’re trying baby led weaning, start at a time of day when you’ll have plenty of opportunities to clean up afterward. Even with traditional weaning, you’re in for a lot of cleanup after a first meal, but with the baby led alternative you may need to scrub the floors after the fact!

What’s the most common baby weaning method from the breast to bottle?

So how do you wean a baby when you’re moving from breastfeeding to bottle feeding? This is the first step in the weaning process for most babies, so it’s important for you as a parent or caregiver to understand the method. Although this version of weaning may not work for you and your child, it tends to be the most common and most successful, so it’s a good place to get started trying.

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  • Begin by giving your baby a half ounce of formula or breastmilk in a bottle at nighttime after a normal breastfeeding session. This will allow your child to learn how the bottle nipple works and what’s happening when you offer the bottle.
  • Try putting a little bit of breastmilk on the bottle nipple if your baby isn’t interested in taking a bottle. This may encourage your child to suckle because of the familiar flavor.
  • Ask your partner to give your baby his or her bottles at first, since your child is still associating you with breastfeeding at this time. You may even need to step out of the house for the first couple of bottles, although this can be very hard to do when you want to see how it goes!

What’s the most common baby weaning method for bottle or breast to a sippy cup?

You may be thinking, “That’s fine, but how should I wean my baby from bottle or breastfeeding to a sippy cup?” Sometimes, babies skip bottle feeding altogether and go straight to sippy cups from breastfeeding. And other times, a bottle-fed baby needs to move on to the sippy cup to better facilitate drinking with solids, especially as your baby becomes a toddler.

  • Bring the sippy cup on board by the time your child is a year old. This is recommended to help avoid tooth and gum damage from using a bottle for too long.
  • Try a softer spout on your sippy cups to help your baby associate it with the feeling of a bottle nipple.
  • Put some breast milk or formula on the sippy cup’s spout so your child can understand that he or she is supposed to drink from it.
  • Try showing your child how to use the sippy cup by drinking out of a separate clean one yourself.
  • If your baby is being a little stubborn about sippy cups, offer half of the normal amount of liquid in a bottle and the remainder from the sippy cup. You may also want to keep holding your child while he or she drinks from a sippy cup, especially if you notice your baby getting fussy and nervous about sippy cup time.

What’s the most common baby weaning method for transitioning to solids?

Weaning baby onto food is probably the most common definition of the term “weaning,” but it can also be the trickiest part of the process! Many babies are excited to try new foods and textures, but some are very put off by this process. If you notice that your baby is having difficulty getting used to new foods, take it a little slower and give your child plenty of time to adjust as needed before adding anything extra to his or her diet.

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  • Start with some of the most commonly recommended first foods. These are any foods that are naturally very soft and mushy or can be steamed or otherwise cooked into a soft consistency.
  • If you’re using purees, give your baby a small spoonful of one type of puree at a time for the first few days. Your baby may not realize at first that he or she is supposed to eat out of the spoon you’re offering, but give it time. Eventually, your child will get the hang of it.
  • If you’re trying baby led weaning, you can get started by giving your child any foods that are very soft and cut into very small pieces that won’t pose a choking hazard. You can also try foods that are naturally mushy, like mashed potatoes or a ripe mashed banana.

How much food should you serve when weaning your baby?

When weaning baby how much food do you need to serve? This is a very important question that can be tough to figure out the answer to. It’s always a good idea to consult with your child’s pediatrician before you make any decisions about the amount of food you offer at a given meal. However, there are still some guidelines you can keep in mind throughout the process, too.

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  • Many parents, caregivers, and even pediatricians will tell you to feed your child as much as he or she wants at a time. However, this isn’t necessarily good advice, as it can lead to childhood obesity if not kept carefully in check.
  • Babies from four to six months need breast milk or formula as their main diet. However, this can be supplemented with about 2 tablespoons of food per day, spread out over two meals.
  • From six to eight months, babies still need formula or breast milk, but they can go up to 8 ounces of solid foods spread out over two to three meals.
  • From eight to ten months, babies should be eating more solids while still getting some formula or breast milk. Your baby should be having about three small meals a day, which include a fruit, a grain, a vegetable, and a protein.
  • From ten to twelve months, babies will be eating larger portions of their three meals per day as well as still having some formula or breast milk as a supplement.

What are some of the best starter foods for weaning onto solids?

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If you’re following a schedule for weaning baby, you may be wondering which foods you should begin with. Many different parents and caregivers have had great results with a variety of first foods, and you don’t have to feel as though you’re stuck only serving your baby rice cereal for a first meal. Check out some of these popular alternative options.

  • Bananas: These are great because they can be mashed into their own smooth and easy to eat consistency.
  • Applesauce: Be sure to make your own or purchase baby-safe applesauce that doesn’t have any added sweeteners, colors, or artificial flavors.
  • Pears and apples: Steam pears and apples until they are very tender and soft, and be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces for baby led weaning.
  • Sweet potatoes: This is a mild vegetable that isn’t likely to cause an allergy. They are very easy to cook until they’re soft and then mash into a baby-safe mush.
  • Avocado: Lots of babies are fond of avocado as their first food. This fruit can be mashed into a smooth texture and served with a spoon, or you can give it to your baby to eat on his or her own terms. You might even put it on some bite-sized pieces of toast, depending on your baby’s age and developmental progression.

What should you feed your baby after weaning?

Understanding what to feed baby after weaning is as important as knowing what to offer during the weaning process, but many parents overlook this information until the last minute. Once your baby is weaned, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to what you’re serving for each meal. Pay attention to the dietary needs of your child as he or she grows into a toddler, too.

  • Babies can have meat that has been cooked very soft and cut or shredded into bite-sized pieces. Offer your weaned baby or toddler boneless fish or chicken, to begin with.
  • You might also try pasta and other types of noodles as your child gets more and more used to eating. Be sure to cut them into small pieces to prevent choking hazards.
  • Older babies and toddlers can start enjoying hard boiled eggs and dairy products like cheese cubes later on, too.
  • Beans and rice are both good foods to start serving your weaned baby as soon as he or she is better able to handle flavors and textures, too. Don’t add anything else to the beans and rice until your child is a little bit older, however, and make sure the beans are sodium-free.

Do you have to put your baby on bottled formula?

Many parents choose to transition their babies first from breastfeeding to bottle feeding with formula or breast milk, and then to sippy cups. It’s often believed that babies have to move to a formula in a bottle at some point during their growth, but this isn’t necessarily true.

While feeding your baby formula in a bottle can certainly be convenient if you’re on the go or need to leave your child with a family member or sitter during the day, it isn’t a requirement. Many babies are happy to go right to the sippy cup from breastfeeding and skip the bottle altogether.

How to Make Sure Your Baby is Getting Enough Food

The biggest concern throughout the weaning process is ensuring your baby is getting enough food, nutrition, and vitamins so that he or she grows healthy and strong. You want to give your baby the best possible chance to develop and thrive, but when you’re working on weaning, this may become a big concern. If your baby is very picky, how can you make sure he or she is getting enough to eat and has everything in his or her diet that is necessary for growth?

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  • At each meal with solid foods, offer something from every food group. This way, your child will at least be able to eat something that fits in each food group and won’t have anything left out from day to day. If your child seems picky about something, encourage him or her to taste at least one bite of it. This works well for toddlers and older kids especially, but you can always try it with babies too!
  • Give your baby smaller portions than you expect him or her to eat. This will encourage your child to ask for more food if he or she is still hungry, and from there, you can determine what else you may need to supplement the meal with. For example, if your child avoided eating vegetables but still cried or asked for food afterward to satisfy hunger, you may try offering a different type of vegetable at that time.
  • Regularly measure your child’s growth and weight. If your child is still growing and putting on weight at a normal rate, then you are doing everything correctly. If you find that your child stops growing or, conversely, starts putting on too much weight too quickly, it may be time to talk with your pediatrician and rethink your weaning strategies.

Conclusion

By now, you should be much more well-versed in the process of weaning your baby, whether you’re moving from breastfeeding to bottles, from bottles to sippy cups, or directly onto solid foods. There are a lot of different options for you to choose from when weaning your baby, and depending on your situation and your baby’s skills and abilities, you may want to choose one version of this process over another.

Remember that the best way to figure out the proper weaning method you need to use is to watch your baby for signs that he or she is ready to wean or that the method you’re using is working for your child. Babies will be quick to let you know when they don’t want to do something, but just because your baby puts up a small fuss at first doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop the method you’re trying completely. It just means that you may need to be patient, or you might need to regroup and try something different if the fussiness continues.

More than anything else, remember that your baby’s nutritional needs should always come first. Although you might want to try baby led weaning because it works well for a friend’s child, if your baby isn’t responding well to it, he or she might end up malnourished because of a lack of the proper food items for development. You might also want to hurry your baby long into weaning before you have to go back to work following maternity leave, but if your child won’t drink from a bottle, you’ll need to figure out something else to ensure that he or she gets all the right nutrients and vitamins.

As with any changes to your baby’s lifestyle or diet, be sure to talk with your pediatrician about the weaning process. You can let your baby’s doctor know that you’re interested in trying baby led weaning if this sounds right for you, but remember that not all pediatricians will be on board with this. While it’s best to do what the doctor says, you can consider getting a second opinion if your pediatrician doesn’t want to consider baby led weaning.

Regardless of whether or not you get a second opinion, remember that your baby’s pediatrician knows best about which vitamins and nutrients you need to be supplying your child at every stage of the weaning process. Follow this medical advice and you’ll have a healthy, happy, weaned baby in no time!

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