17-18 weeks old

17-18 weeks

Your baby

  • Read to your baby and look at books together
  • Give different types and textures of objects and toys to your baby to chew and explore - soft, hard, furry, noisy
  • Take your baby swimming - the Department of Health says there’s no need to wait for all immunizations to be completed.

Babies of this age…

  • Grow more than a centimetre a month
  • By 4-5 months will have doubled their birthweight
  • May be able to hold and even pick up larger objects

From Moses basket to cot

At around this age your baby is probably ready to make the transition from a Moses basket or crib to a cot! This can be a little daunting for your baby at first, particularly as they will be surrounded by so much space. If you are using a Moses basket try placing your baby in this in the cot for a few nights so that they can get used to their new surroundings - once they seem settled you can move them properly in to the cot. Baby sleeping bags can also help your baby to feel a little more secure. When placing your baby in the cot make sure that they are positioned on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.

Find our more information on safe sleeping or vist The Foundation for the Study of Infants Deaths website.

Your childcare options

You may not be going back to work for a few more months but time goes fast and it is never too early to begin considering what childcare option is best for you, e.g. nursery, childminder, au pair, nanny or your relatives. Visit the National Childminding Association website to find registered childminders and nannies in your local area.

Thinking about weaning?

Weaning is usually recommended to start at 6 months, but some babies are ready before this (although you should only start weaning before 6 months if your health visitor advises it). If you think your baby is ready to start, have a chat to your health visitor for advice. Signs include:

  • Baby still seems hungry, even after more milk has been given
  • Showing an interest in your food
  • Wakes up in the night wanting an extra feed
  • Putting toys and objects in their mouth
  • Able to sit up well with support

Don’t leave it too late

At 6 months formula or breast milk is not now meeting the baby's nutritional needs. Even if your baby hasn’t shown any of the above signs, you shouldn’t leave weaning any later than 6 months, or you will miss an important developmental stage.

What makes HiPP products so special for babies?

HiPP has a great tradition of the very highest quality organic baby foods.

  • Organic ingredients
  • Just like home cooking
  • No harmful pesticides
  • No ‘fillers’
  • No GM ingredients
  • Unsurpassed quality control standards
  • Approved by EU Organic Certifiers

Find out more about the HiPP Organic ethos and our unsurpassed quality standards.

Download the HiPP weaning chart, a step by step guide to the first four weeks of weaning.

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Have you got a question?

If you want more advice, please ask a question or visit our forum.

Otherwise, please get in touch with the HiPP Baby Club.