As leaders in natural nutrition, we are continuously asked by Moms – when is my baby ready for solids?
Your baby will give you clear signs when they are ready to move onto solids. The signs to look out for are:
- Sitting upright when supported.Even if your baby is not quite ready to sit on their own, babies needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.
- Weight gain.As a rule of thumb, babies are generally ready to eat solids when they’ve doubled their birth weight and are at least 4 months old.
- Your baby should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow. The reduction in babies drool is a good indication that your baby is swallowing more efficiently.
- Diminishing push out reflex. Your baby has a natural reflex to push food out during the first 4 to 6 months. In order to keep food in and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using their tongue to push food out of their mouth.
- Controlling their head.Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.
- Growing appetite.Baby seems hungry – even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.
- Curiosity about food everyone else is eating.Your baby may begin staring at your plate or reaching for their share of your salad as it travels from your plate to your mouth.
Even when babies exhibit all of the above signs, some may still not be ready for solids, and will require patience. Please remember that solid foods are completely foreign to you baby and it does take some getting used. Should you experience challenges in weaning your baby onto solids for a period of more than 3 to 4 months please consult your health care professional.