Preparing for Weaning ...

Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. The Department of Health and Children recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life and continue with the combination of nutritious foods for up to 2 years and beyond.

The most recent infant feeding guidelines as set by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (2012) recommend that all babies are weaned onto solid foods at about 6 months of age, no earlier than 17 weeks and not delayed beyond 6 months (26 weeks).

Signs that your baby is ready to wean:

Your baby may be putting their fingers or other objects in their mouth, directing them to their mouth or sucking their fists with more regularity.

Your baby may appear hungry or dissatisfied after a milk-only feed, or be looking for or waking up for more frequent feeds than usual.

Your baby may be taking more of an interest in solid foods, by paying more attention to you and your food when you eat, or reaching out for any food nearby.

Your baby may be able to sit upright with less support.

More Questions?

See our FAQs for more tips on when your baby might be ready to wean. Still not sure? Speak to your Public Health Nurse or call us on 1800 303 541.

Introducing ... "The Spoon"

It's the most important piece of equipment you'll need once your baby starts weaning - but as our recommended checklist shows, it's not the only one.
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Your Preparation Goals
  • Understand how to recognise baby is ready for weaning
  • Buy your weaning equipment
  • Wait for the right moment!
Your Equipment
When your baby starts weaning, the spoon isn't the only vital piece of equipment you'll need - as our recommended checklist shows.