Babies should be given weaning food at the end of the 4th month at the earliest and after the 6th month at the latest.* There are some babies aged 4 or 5 months who cannot satisfy their hunger with breast milk or formula milk alone and need weaning food in addition for healthy growth. Likewise, there are babies who thrive on breast milk or milk formula until the end of 6 months, and are only ready for weaning food then. The decision to start weaning should always be made according to your child’s development. Is your baby not entirely full from breast milk or formula alone? Does you baby hold their head up straight unaided and show interest in new foods and the spoon? If so, you can start with weaning food. If you are unsure, ask your paediatrician for advice.
If your baby spits out the first spoons of pap, just be patient. He/she has to learn how to swallow. This is why you should only give your baby very few spoonfuls of weaning food at the beginning, so your baby has enough time to become familiar with this new form of nutrition, the new taste and new impression.
*Recommendation by the Nutrition Committee of ESPGHAN, 2007 (European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).