Updated: Dec 23, 2021
Starting solids with your baby is an exciting chapter in your parenting journey. It’s time to ditch the constant bottle-making and watch your baby’s hilarious reactions to their favorite (and least favorite) foods. However, it can also be daunting. You have been getting advice left and right on when is the right time to start, what foods you should start with, and what foods to avoid. You are worried about testing the waters and questioning if your baby is truly ready to start eating real foods. One of the most frequently asked question new parents have when considering starting solids.
When Should We Start with Solid Foods?
There is a lot of back and forth on when babies should start attempting to eat solid foods. Some people believe 4 months is the appropriate mile marker, which may be true for your baby. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that 6 months may be more realistic. When deciding if your baby is ready, the most important sign to look for is if they have developed the proper skills needed to chew and swallow. While breast or bottle feeding, your baby is more sucking than chewing and swallowing. Some indicators your baby has developed the skills needed to swallow include they can sit up and stay up unassisted, and they have mastered head and neck control.
However, if you notice your baby is pushing food out of their mouth with their tongue, beyond not liking the flavor, it may be a signal that they cannot swallow it. Another important note is up until now your baby has been getting all of the daily nutrients they need from your breast milk or formula. Supplement solid foods with small milk feeds to fill in any nutritional gaps and gradual transition.
You would not set out to climb a mountain without the proper gear, and some new moms would argue that switching to solids is their personal Everest. The best way to set yourself up for a successful transition is to have the proper supplies. While there are definite benefits to making your food, such as knowing exactly what you are feeding your baby and cutting out additional processing, there is absolutely no shame in using pre-made foods.
Little Spoon - Fresh organic baby food, kid’s meals, vitamins & natural remedy