Itching to start baby on solids? Make sure your little is developmentally ready for you get started with these 5 signs.
When you decide to introduce your baby to solid foods is really up to you. However, experts suggest waiting to introduce solids until your little is at least 6 months of age and exhibiting all 5 signs of readiness. Introducing solids before this time could result in an upset tummy (if baby's digestive tract isn't fully developed) and other health risks. That being said, most babies are developmentally ready between 6-8 months of age.
Curious if your babe is ready? Read on...
5 Signs Baby is Ready for Solids:
- Baby Has Outgrown the Tongue Thrust Reflex - this is where baby automatically pushes food out of his mouth with his tongue. If he is no longer doing this, baby may be ready!
- Baby Can Sit Unassisted On His Own - Sitting strapped in a Bumbo or high chair doesn't count. Does your little sit on the floor by himself without you having to support him? Time him - 1 minute is pretty good.
- Is Baby Ready to Chew - At around 5 months old I noticed my son would practice chewing. It was too cute. And I caught it on film a few times. This was a good sign he was close to ready to start solids.
- The "Pincer" Grasp - If your LO has developed the "pincer" grasp he is well on his way to eating solids. The pincer grasp means baby can use his thumb and pointer finger to grasp and pick up items. If baby hasn't developed this yet, he may not be fully ready.
- Baby is Excited to Participate in Mealtime - Before starting solids, I'd give my son spoons and bowls to play with at the dinner table while we ate. He would practice bringing the spoon to his mouth and entertain himself with the bowl. And when we went out to dinner, I'd bring the same spoon with us.
Already Started Solids But Baby Doesn't Seem Interested?
That's totally ok! Give yourself a break. Put the solids away and try again in another few months. Some babies just aren't ready until 9-12 months, or even later. Plus, solids before age 1 is solely for the purpose of learning and experimenting. Baby should continue to get their primary nutrition from breastmilk and formula up until age 1.