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Information Design: Baby Weaning Chart

Since introducing this weaning chart to the world  back in 2012, I have received a lot of feedback. Overall, I think most people using this chart have found it helpful as they understand that it is to be used as a guide throughout the long and gradual process of weaning. Of course, since the internet is what it is, I also received negative feedback from parents concerned that this chart promoted introducing foods too early and, thus, encouraged childhood obesity among other concerns. After some thought, I took this post down, but have decided that since it really was helpful to me and my family that I wanted to continue to share that with those out there who are able to use discernment and common sense in the process of introducing foods into their child’s diets. Parents, please remember that each child is different and we should be careful to offer help and support to families rather than judgement and criticism. Thanks and I hope you can benefit from this chart. ~Kat

 

I am currently knee-deep in the weaning process with my 7 month old son and have discovered that, while people have been doing this FOREVER, it’s kind of confusing. You can see that my boy isn’t too sure about bananas just yet.

I’ve read flipped through a bunch of baby books and scoured the web for some cohesion of information. My end result was a kind of chaotic mash up of notes. For example, one source suggested that children start certain foods (like meats) at 6 months, but then some sources said to wait until 10 months. Oy vay!

My tendency when overwhelmed with information is to chart it out. CHART. IT. OUT.  I have to see it before me in some sort of visual order to get a grip and understanding.

So, with that…I present the Wee Little One’s Weaning Chart!

I’ve put everything together as best as I could and want to give it away! So, feel free to download this Weaning Chart and print it out for use in your home. Check off the foods as you introduce them to your child and circle whether or not your wee little one liked it or whether it ended up on your face (hopefully not).

PLEASE NOTE: Some of you have been unable to download the chart when using Internet Explorer. If that’s the case for you try using a different browser like Google Chrome or Firefox. Hope that helps!

It’s legal size (8.5 x 14 inches) and I recommend you take the file to your neighborhood printer (ahem, FedEX) and request it be printed on something like a 60lb. matte cover stock.

I hope you enjoy this little nerdy chart and pass it along to your mom friends to help them out when it’s their turn.

Please note: Every child is different and there are many approaches to weaning. This chart combines several approaches and is in no way an official guide to what is best for your child. All decisions made for your child are your sole responsibility and a consultation with your child’s pediatrician is recommended prior to the introduction of any foods into your child’s diet.

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41 Comments

  • Ahhh, I love you! This is exactly what I was looking for, even down to the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down columns. Thank you thank you thank you for making and sharing this – now I don’t have to create it myself (and mine would have been waaayyyy uglier).

    Posted By Kare July 2, 2012 - 10:22 pm Reply
    • Yay! I’m so glad that you found this, too! I really hope it helps. The main thing I’ve been realizing is how easy it is to get in a routine after awhile of the same foods over and over without introducing new ones. Somehow, I kept forgetting to start my boy on peas (but I wouldn’t have known that without the chart.)

      Cheers!

      Posted By admin July 12, 2012 - 12:46 am Reply
  • Actually this “chart” is so many shades of wrong its not even funny. A baby should not receive solids before the age of 6 months. It increases the chances of childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes and food allergies.

    Posted By Melanie February 4, 2013 - 4:41 am Reply
    • Thanks for your input. Please note the disclaimer and medical references on the chart. Not everything works well for everyone. Thanks, again. Cheers!

      Posted By Kat February 7, 2013 - 9:16 am Reply
    • A new study by the American Board of Pediatrics and another by the Australian Pedatric Association has found that starting solids at 4 months reduces the chances of food allergies and sensitivities. Juvenille diabetes itself is not caused by the early introduction of sugars, but by a genetic pancreatic insufficiency or gross obesity in later childhood (sustained obesity ) What you feed your child has greater effect on obesity than when you introduce solids.

      Posted By srah jameson February 18, 2013 - 10:48 pm Reply
    • Feeding ur baby pureed food at 4 months doesn’t cause obesity, feeding your kid like a beast does!

      Posted By Vick June 22, 2013 - 11:29 pm Reply
  • This is a great chart! Thank you for posting it. I wish there was a column to add a date to keep track of when you tried it.

    Posted By Sabrina February 4, 2013 - 10:43 am Reply
    • Great idea! If I ever get a chance to update the chart, I will take that into consideration. :) Cheers!

      Posted By Kat February 7, 2013 - 9:15 am Reply
    • Yup, it would better with the date included that way I don’t need the extra sheet posted next to the chart keeping track as to when I introduced the food. Helpful chart. Thanks for sharing!

      Posted By joy March 8, 2013 - 9:48 pm Reply
      • I’m hoping to get a chance this spring to update the chart. There are a couple of items I want to add and I think one that is on there twice. When I get to that, I will add a date option.

        So glad you’re finding this useful! Cheers!

        Posted By Kat March 8, 2013 - 10:17 pm Reply
  • I just love this idea! Thank you!
    I just wanted to mention: I work with babies and i learned that not many parents know that kids can eat (and spit out) things for over 30 times before they finally learn the taste and like it. I hope you understand it, my english is not that good ;)

    Posted By naomi February 6, 2013 - 7:30 pm Reply
    • Thanks! You are so right about how babies develop and learn to like foods over time. It’s definitely a good idea to try a food a couple of times if baby refuses at first.

      Posted By Kat February 7, 2013 - 9:15 am Reply
  • FYI moms, the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their recommendations regrading what/when to introduce solids. They recommend if your baby is developmentally ready solids can be introduced at 4 months and cereal is not recommended to necessarily start with. This was a surprise to me as much changed since my 3 year old and I’m a scientist that researches early origins of obesity. These new recommendations contradict what data suggests regarding early introduction of solids and later obesity development. Definitely a conversation to have with your pediatrician.

    Posted By Holly February 10, 2013 - 1:40 am Reply
  • Just wanted to let you know that I shared the link to this chart on my blog! We really like having a visual on the fridge of which foods she has liked (and ones she hasn’t!) Thanks for such a great resource!

    Posted By Holly February 21, 2013 - 7:57 pm Reply
    • Thanks so much!

      Posted By Kat February 22, 2013 - 3:01 am Reply
  • My intention is not to offend anyone, but I don’t think calling this chart a “Weaning Chart” is a good idea. At 4 or 6 months, the goal should definitely not be weaning a baby from breastmilk/formula. Maybe switching the name of the chart to “First Foods” or something like that would help mothers not wean their babies off of what their babies should be taking as 90% of their diet: breastmilk or formula.

    Posted By Jenn February 23, 2013 - 10:04 am Reply
    • Thanks for your input. I do hope that parents can understand that, by nature, weaning is a process that takes place over time. This chart is obviously not suggesting that milk or formula should be entirely replaced during the weaning process. It does, however, list a chronological order for the introduction of various foods to infants who are going through that weaning process.

      My reasoning for creating this weaning chart was to discern from many professional and medical sources which foods are acceptable to introduce to my son and when. Over the period of six months (from age 6 months to 12 months), my son was introduced to the foods on this chart gradually as his intake of milk was decreased until his introduction to cow’s milk at one year. It served my purpose well, and I believe it is helping numerous other parents do the same. For that reason, I do not intend to change the chart. Thanks again. Cheers.

      Posted By Kat February 27, 2013 - 10:32 am Reply
  • I am super excited to see this! My son is currently only a month old and I was wanting to get a head start on what i would be feeding him when it can to that time! I am all about lists and charts so this will hopefully make my life easier!! For some reason it wont let me download it. Is there anyway you could email it to me?

    Posted By Jessica April 9, 2013 - 11:09 pm Reply
    • Fantastic! I hope you find this helpful. Check your inbox, as I have sent you the chart via email. Thanks!

      Posted By Kat April 10, 2013 - 1:17 am Reply
  • I think it being labeled as “weaning” is very miss leading as the chart does nothing to talk about weaning just tells you all foods and you can put if your baby liked them or not. Would really love an actual weaning chart as it how much you should try and have your baby eating at times and how to actually wean them.

    Posted By Rebecca April 23, 2013 - 3:52 am Reply
  • This chart is great…Another I found helpful too, but a little later, is a Portion size chart by age. Two Pieces Of Advice- 1)Try A Handful Or More Of Veggies Before Introducing Any Fruit. The Natural Sugars In Fruit Can Make Veggies A Harder Sell Later. 2) Make What You Are Able To; Use The Jars For Emergencies. When You Make Veggies With Your Meal, Cook A Little Extra And Puree It. You Can Also Make A Small Batch And Freeze In An Ice Cube Tray; Each Is About An Ounce.

    Posted By Jen April 27, 2013 - 4:40 pm Reply
  • I love this chart. There is so much conflicting information out there about introducing foods. This looks pretty similar to what I had in my head from my own research, but organized in a much better way. Thank you so much for sharing this!
    One question- what do you mean by raw sticks or cooked sticks under the 8 month category? Just a chunk of that fruit/veggie? As in, not mashed?
    Thanks again, this is great!

    Posted By Lori May 9, 2013 - 12:32 pm Reply
    • Thanks! Yeah about the raw vs. cooked fruit and veggies…the source from which I found that info was Healthy Meals for Baby and Toddlers. It is such a wonderful book with awesome recipes. I think the purpose for distinguishing between the two is for the safety of the child. Cooked veggie and fruit sticks are soft and can be gummed. I waited to introduce raw fruit and veggie sticks until my little guy had some teeth to chomp them with (which was around 10 months for him). I think you’ll be able to tell if your child is ready for the raw goodies based on eating style (does your baby inhale anything that enter’s his mouth, for example) and teeth.

      Some cooked sticks I offered my son included apples, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and pears. I usually steamed these. They’re soft, but not mashed. Hope this helps!

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:59 am Reply
  • This is silly. First most babies shouldn’t start solids so early I cam go on with what else is wrong with the schedule besides veggies should be given before sweet fruits, but I will just say this can be very misleading to new parents. Talk to your dr about the best way to start solids. And how much milk for what age you should still be feeding them. Also remember to wait at least two days between new foods in case of reactions.

    Posted By knightmomma4 May 13, 2013 - 12:57 am Reply
    • Thanks for your input.

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:53 am Reply
  • Wow, just wow! There is so much inaccurate and outdated information on this chart that it’s scary. You should post references to where you got this information , if you even have any sources. This is very irresponsible , but at least it looks pretty.

    Posted By Michelle May 26, 2013 - 9:12 pm Reply
    • Thanks for your input. You can find references ON the chart. Please read carefully.

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:51 am Reply
  • I also am unable to download. From reading the comments I would greatly appreciate it if you have time to email it to me I would love to see it!

    Posted By Kristin Way June 2, 2013 - 10:21 pm Reply
    • Sure thing! Sorry for a delay. I just sent it to your email. Cheers! ~Kat

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:48 am Reply
  • Or, how about just let your kid decide when he’sready to eat and forget charts and weaningand this idea that everything has a schedule? 20 months and going strong, no other milk has touched her lips and she has never eaten a pureed, mashed up, mess of anything. She eats table food, like us, when she feels like it. Much more rewarding than what I did with my first which is what you’re doing. * sigh* Parenting is so much more fun when you follow their lead.

    Posted By Ashley June 3, 2013 - 3:47 pm Reply
    • Thanks! I love the idea of child-led weaning. I was able to incorporate aspects of that during our weaning process, but ultimately using this chart allowed me to know what foods were safe and appropriate for my son to try out and when. You could see it as a dance of sorts where we were both able (as mother and child) to have give and take during the 7 months he was weaning (age 6-13 months). It enabled me, as a mom, to feel safe and confident during this time. I appreciate your input and kudos to you for your choices with your child. I’m glad it is working wonders for you.

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:44 am Reply
  • Lovely chart for introducing foods, but sad to think you are weaning your only 7 month old baby. WHO recommends at least one year.

    Posted By Heather Murphy June 8, 2013 - 12:29 am Reply
    • Thanks! My purpose in designing this chart was merely to list and organize the introduction of foods DURING the weaning process. For us, the weaning process took seven months for my son (between age 6 and 13 months). During this time I introduced these foods to my son in small quantities while his milk intake only slowly decreased over this time. Weaning is a process and I hope this chart can help those who are journeying through this process like it did for me.

      Posted By Kat June 18, 2013 - 1:34 am Reply
  • Please keep in mind that the World Health Orginization recommends breastfeeding for at LEAST 2 years, more if possible. Weaning should be a very gradual process and for the first year especially the majority of their nutrition should come from breast milk. It is the only food specifically tailored to them personally, anything you substitute is inferior food. :)

    Posted By Kathy Dan June 9, 2013 - 1:54 pm Reply
  • Love it! Beautiful and useful! :)

    Posted By e M i June 15, 2013 - 11:01 am Reply
  • Love it! Beautiful and useful! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Posted By e M i June 15, 2013 - 11:01 am Reply
  • I am suprised at how many negative comments you have recieved. The chart is wonderful. It is also just a guideline of what you and your child did to help show parents where to start if they are confused.. I think these people look up these things just to put negative comments.. sad. We started food at 4 months and my daughter is at perfect weight. Ignore them momma! Great job!

    Posted By Megean June 19, 2013 - 9:54 pm Reply
    • Hey, thanks! Very kind of you.

      Posted By Kat June 20, 2013 - 3:06 am Reply
  • Really people?! Use your common freakin sense. She didn’t say switch your baby to these and only these specific foods and stop giving them milk. You can breast feed for years if you wanted, but your child can eat food too. Balance it out. This chart is a guideline! ..to introduce you baby to their first foods. And a perfectly useful one at that. If you don’t like the chart, don’t use it. If you don’t like the chart title, cross the name out and call it what you want. If u want changes made to it, make the changes yourself! Create your own chart. And if you want to know how much to feed your baby…pay attention, and your baby will let you know. But keep your negativity to yourself. I just found this chart recently, but my “chart” is very similar. My daughter is 9 months old and she started eating pureed foods at 4 months and her weight is perfect. She doesn’t eat what we eat because I want her food to be free of additives, so I make her food separately. Anywho, I LOVE your chart! …and you are way too nice! Lol have a good day.

    Posted By Vick June 22, 2013 - 1:29 am Reply

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