I feel obligated to say as well that if you were like I was before I had a baby, don’t think you need to do a total 180 on your idealism. You might end up with a baby who never cries, is happy to be in anyone’s arms, will happily drink from a bottle as well as your boob even though they’re exclusively breast milk-fed and loves their sleep.
The weaning process started for us when my little girl turned 5 months. I started with tablespoon quantities of apple puree and the occasional mashed banana. Both went down well the first couple of days and then it was all just a big game of hit and miss!
I do believe there’s a nurture vs nature issue here because as they grow older, babies are able to learn how to manage their emotions better and that could lead to them having more balanced emotions. According to research, though, it all starts during pregnancy.