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.