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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The Best of The Old Farmer's Almanac: The First 200 Years

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MY GRAND DAUGHER IS 3 . WHEN

MY GRAND DAUGHER IS 3 . WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO POTTY TRAIN HER

I have a autistic 6 year old

I have a autistic 6 year old child that is needing to be worked with in potty breaking. Any suggestions on when the best time to start potty breaking him?

I need to start weaning the

I need to start weaning the baby soon so when is the best time to wean the baby from his bottle in dec

I hav boy baby.. he is only 3

I hav boy baby.. he is only 3 days old. I dont hav mother milk to feed.. qm feeding him a dexolac.. wat can i do for that. Plz help

I hav boy baby.. he is only 3

I hav boy baby.. he is only 3 days old. I dont hav mother milk to feed.. qm feeding him a dexolac.. wat can i do for that. Plz help

My grandaughter is 1and I

My grandaughter is 1and I would like to know when to start potty training her

When is a good time to start

When is a good time to start potty training my 1 1\2 granddaughter

My daughter 2 when is the

My daughter 2 when is the best time to take the bottle away she is very dependent with her bottle at night ( 2bottles) a night. Need help please

When is the best time to take

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

Hi Tiffany, For the best days

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

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

See our weaning dates on our Best Days Timetable:
http://www.almanac.com/bestday...
All the best.

Need weaning date for Oct &

Need weaning date for Oct & Nov 2013 for horse

See the link above for our

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

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