Is there an easy to way to know when baby is ready for solids? Well, every child is unique, so there are no definite timetables. Always follow a recommended diet from your pediatrician or health care provider to provide a fully balanced diet to meet your baby’s nutritional requirements. Many doctors recommend beginning solids at six months.
Typical signs that indicate your baby is ready for solids include:
- The ability to sit without help
- Active interest in food that others are eating, watches people eat
- Does not use tongue to push solids or spoon out of mouth
- The ability to signal she wants to be fed or has had enough to eat
- Consult with your pediatrician or health care provider if you have any questions concerning introducing foods.
- Breast milk or fortified formula should be continued until the first birthday. Cow’s milk should not be introduced until the baby is at least one year of age.
- Always check with your doctor or health care provider if you think your baby is not eating enough of the right foods.
- Use a high chair or infant specific chair when feeding your baby. If your baby is sitting is upright, he is less likely to choke.
- Never leave your baby unattended when eating. If possible, feed baby with the family. This will get your child on a regular feeding schedule and enjoying a familiar routine.
- Juice should be given after regular fruit has been introduced. Try waiting until 10 months of age. Juice intake should be limited to 4-6 ounces/day for children 1 to 6 years of age.
- Do not get discouraged. Children’s appetites and tastes are finicky and change throughout development.