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Many parents will feel their baby is ready for solid food before they reach 6 months old. Family members and friends may encourage you to start weaning. Your baby however may not be ready for solid food.  Here are some signs that are often mistaken for being ready for solid foods.

Crying

It’s best not to use food to stop babies from crying. There may be other reasons why they are crying such as needing to sleep, being too hot/cold or not feeling well.  Babies learn very quickly that food can be used as a comforter.  Lots of cuddles and attention are best to stop your baby from crying.

Waking in the night

If your baby has previously slept through but all of a sudden he/she starts waking in the middle of the night, this doesn’t mean that your baby is hungry. Starting your baby on solid foods before they are ready will not help them sleep through the night. If they are hungry, just give an extra milk feed. 

Chewing and biting on things

Chewing fists and biting on things is not necessarily a sign that your baby is ready for solid food. There could be other reasons for this such as teething. Talk to your health visitor if you are concerned.   

Extra milk feeds

Sometimes a little extra milk is all they need if they are hungry.