When to Call a Doctor
Talk to your child's doctor about weaning if:
- Your baby refuses all solid food and is older than 6 to 8 months of age.
- Your baby has changed from sleeping through the night to waking up during the night hungry.
- Your baby develops dental cavities (caries).
- Your baby seems overweight for his or her age, size, or birth weight.
- Your toddler (1 to 2 years old) focuses on breast- or bottle-feeding and does not play with other children.
- Your toddler never wants to be away from you.
- Your baby is older than 18 months of age and is still drinking from a bottle.
- You are emotionally ready to wean your baby.
Who to see
Health professionals who can deal with your concerns about weaning include:
A well-baby checkup is a good time to ask questions about weaning. During this checkup, your baby's doctor will:
- Compare the baby's current weight, height, and head size with measurements taken at birth to see if the rate of growth is normal.
- Ask how well the baby is eating and sleeping and whether any problems have developed.