When to Wean Your Baby (1881)

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The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice from 1881!

  • When a child has shown any tendency to diarrhea, or is delicate and puny, he should not be weaned until after his second summer.
  • However, sometimes the mother furnishes an insufficient supply of milk for the child, which may be known by his constant hunger. In such case, if all his teeth are through—eight in each jaw—he may be either entirely or partly weaned, though summer is approaching.

Much has changed today, though the need remains! Here's modern medical advice on how to wean your baby.

And see our famous "Best Days to Wean" calendar.

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When is the best time to take

By Tiffany Canterbury

When is the best time to take away a baby's pacifier.

Hi Tiffany, For the best days

By Almanac Staff

Hi Tiffany,

For the best days to take away a pacifier, see our Best Days Timetable below and use the best dates for weaning:

http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

I need to know th best time

By Judy Ison

I need to know th best time to wean our baby in December. She's very much attached to it and need help on best time to help her and us. Thankyou

See our weaning dates on our

By Almanac Staff

See our weaning dates on our Best Days Timetable:

http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

All the best.

Need weaning date for Oct &

By Delmar Denison

Need weaning date for Oct & Nov 2013 for horse

See the link above for our

By Almanac Staff

See the link above for our weaning calendar. Use the same dates for horses: http://www.almanac.com/bestdays/timetable

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