When should I start weaning my baby, and what should I give?

Weaning can be a polarising topic on our social media groups. Here’s some of the best advice we’ve taken from posts in the past.

How old?


It’s really important to take full advice from your doctor and health visitor about when to start weaning your baby. NHS and World Health Organisation guidance is that it can be unsafe to introduce solilds to a baby’s digestive system before the age of six months – not because of any immediate risk – after all, lots of us were weaned many years ago when the guidance was starting at four months  – but because of problems to the internal organs, which may show themselves later in life.


So, ideally you should aim for starting to wean at six months old, unless you have been told differently for your baby and their circumstances by your doctor.




NHS Choices Guidelines here:


What should I give?


“You could try baby led weaning – much easier as no need for purées, straight on to proper food”


Baby Led Weaning (BLW) means that you don’t mash or puree anything, you just give them manageable chunks of whatever you’re having to your baby to touch, taste, smell and play with.


Our members’ top tips…


“We did a mixture of purée early on, then gradually introduced finger foods and reduced the purées. He refused anything lumpy and I don’t blame him really!”


“We skipped lumps – they just made my daughter gag. We did smooth puree then switched to finger food and did baby-led, it was so much easier than spoon feeding and way less stressful than thinking she was choking on lumps. She was weaned on medical advice at 14.5 weeks so was super young but never choked on finger food. The most important thing is you’re both ready, they get all their nutrition needed from milk until 1 so there’s really no need to rush.”


“I batch cook. So I steam or boil the veg and then puree it using the water left over from cooking it and then I use ice cube trays to freeze it and then put it in bags to store in the freezer. All I need to do is take out a couple of cubes when needed and cook them for her, so quick and easy and full of goodness”


“I work full time and I used to batch cook veg on a Sunday when I done the roast, pot it up and freeze for the week. I found jars too expensive and they stain like a pig!”


“Pouches v handy when out and about/ no food in fridge. I found aldi ones good value and actually tasted like actual food! (Unlike jars… Smell like cat food to me!)”