Q My baby was born six weeks early. Do I need to ap­proach wean­ing any dif­fer­ently?

Mother & Baby (UK) - - HERE TO HELP -

Joanne Withers, Tyne and Wear

It’s rec­om­mended that wean­ing starts at around six months. How­ever, each baby’s de­vel­op­ment speed is dif­fer­ent, so take her per­sonal needs into con­sid­er­a­tion. Ques­tions to ask are: ‘Can my baby sit up and hold her head un­aided?’, ‘Is she show­ing an in­ter­est in my food?’, ‘Does she put toys in her mouth and at­tempt to chew on them?’. Of course, if there were any health com­pli­ca­tions as a re­sult of be­ing born early, seek ad­vice from your health vis­i­tor as to what’s best for your baby.

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