What age did you start weaning?

(27 Posts)
milkyman Wed 06-Mar-13 08:49:01

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 07-Mar-13 13:18:04

really its just so much easier when they wean themselves isn't it smile

ReallyTired Thu 07-Mar-13 13:15:21

Just under 24 weeks. DD hasn't read the baby books and decided to wean herself.

Weaning is lot easier and more enjoyable if you wait until the baby can actually eat proper food and wants to. DD could sit unsupported and could pick up and eat the food herself.

I think that babies vary a bit when they are ready for food.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 07-Mar-13 13:03:19

DS 16 weeks on advice of HV. Was totally the wrong thing to do as DS had upper lip tie and tongue tie.

Dd 23 weeks when she grabbed and ate a sandwich.

DS - 15 weeks.
DD - 19 weeks.

Violetroses Wed 06-Mar-13 20:44:35

DS1 - 5 1/2 months
DS2- almost 5 months. Helped himself to a peach, crammed any food he could get his fists onto into his mouth, never choked on anything, loved his grub.
DS3 - 7 months. He just wasn't ready before.

sittinginthesun Wed 06-Mar-13 20:35:33

DS1, 4 months (9 years ago). He was sitting almost unaided, sobbing and slobbering when he saw us eat, trying to snatch food off our plates. Health Visitor fully in support. I made a bowl of puréed carrots, and he snatched it and was stuffing it in with his hands. Hasn't looked back!

DS2, around 5 and half months, but very steady until 7 months.

SlinkyB Wed 06-Mar-13 20:26:14

18 weeks.

stargirl1701 Wed 06-Mar-13 20:23:47

At 24 weeks. The paediatrician wanted us to start early to see if it would improve her reflux.

Oh, and all the 'signs' of readiness were clear from about 16 weeks. He could sit unaided at 17 weeks, never had the tongue thrust issue, easily swallowed the food etc.

MissTapestry Wed 06-Mar-13 19:24:09

6 months on the dot. She was probably ready about a week before that but she's our PFB and DP had a couple of days booked off by coincidence so we waited so he could enjoy the mess and clean the manky nappies too! grin

Indith Wed 06-Mar-13 14:39:59

No they don't have a magic switch that flicks at 6 months that is true. However, the signs of readiness that you can find on the NHS website are sitting, loss of tongue thrust, ability to coordinate hands and eyes to pick up food, bring it to the mouth and put it in (then chew and swallow). All of these things tend to come together around the 6 month mark. For some babies those abilities will come earlier, for some they will come later.

sherbetpips Wed 06-Mar-13 14:31:10

think he was about 4 months, basically they need to be able to sit up but as we had a bumbo it was a bit easier. he just became extremely hungry so started on baby race once a day for a few weeks then that was it - 3 meals a day boy!

Patchouli Wed 06-Mar-13 14:24:41

6 months
If I'd followed the 'signs' I'd have given her the remote control to eat at about 3 mths

ChocolateCoins Wed 06-Mar-13 14:18:16

6 months.

dd was 16 weeks but that was nearly 10 years ago and around the time the guidelines changed to 6 months. DS was about 23 weeks (around 6 years ago). Started with purees with both and added in finger foods from 6 months.

PoppadomPreach Wed 06-Mar-13 14:09:44

DS1 5.5months. DS2 4.5 months. The 6 month figure is because many the mothers of many babies in developing world do not have access to hygienic cooking conditions, so EBF is recommended. Personally I do not believe that every baby has some "magic switch" which gets turned on at 6 months which means that they're "ready".

DS2 stopped putting on weight, stopped sleeping through and was clearly desperate to eat (and was hugely enthusiastic once we started). So use 6 months as a guide, and certainly don't start before 4 months unless specifically advised by a healthcare professional, but between 4-6 mo ths, use your own maternal instincts and judgement.

Maebe Wed 06-Mar-13 14:08:39

From about 5m baby had tastes of food, let her lick things if she wanted, but she showed no interest in swallowing. 6m started actual weaning but she wasn't interested. Gone 7m, maybe near 8m before she finally got it.

18 weeks I think. Only ever fruit and veg puree/mash and started more BLW after 6 months. I started early as baby has bad bad reflux and a spoon or two of fruit helped keep the milk down.

Indith Wed 06-Mar-13 09:08:22

Between 5 and a half and 6 months. Once they could sit well enough I gave up taking food off them when they snatched it and let them try. Dd took to it instantly, the boys took longer.

We did BLW and it was about 19 weeks when she started grabbing food off plates and sucking it. Doing BLW meant we didn't bother too much with set dates or ages, she had been sitting at the table with us from birth so it was no biggy when she started taking food from my plate. She didn't get her own plate of food until she was about a year though, just ate what was on the plate of whomever was holding her at mealtimes.

Pascha Wed 06-Mar-13 09:03:50

DS stole bits off my plate at about 22 weeks but I left it in any serious way for a few weeks because we were on holiday and I didn't want the faff.

On her 6 month Birthday. She'd grabbed bits of food off of our plates before but didn't actually eat any. Although she was over a year before she ate anything resembling an actual meal grin.

Flisspaps Wed 06-Mar-13 09:02:37

Just shy of 6 months with each.

Both were showing the signs of readiness (able to sit up unaided, no tongue thrust reflex)

MorningHasBroken Wed 06-Mar-13 09:00:32

About 5.5 months. Ds was sitting, reaching for our food, crying when we ate in front of him so he just seemed ready. He was a couple of weeks prem anyway, so we were advised that starting a bit earlier than 6 months could be better for him.

DD started weaning herself at 5.5 months when she grabbed food off my plate and ate it. hmm With DS we waited until about 8 months as he just wasn't ready until then.

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