Is your baby ready to start solids!? And by ready, I mean are they actually ready. I think as parents we are so excited for our baby’s accomplishments. We want them to roll over, sit up and walk on time or better yet, ahead of the norms. But when it comes to eating, starting solids shouldn’t be one of those milestones we rush.
A baby’s oral motor skills need to develop in order to be able to accept and swallow a puree or munch on a soft solid. At four months old, most babies still have their tongue thrust reflex, meaning you try to put the puree in their mouth and they push it right back out. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like it, it’s actually a protective mechanism for their safety. So what we want to do as parents is really make sure our babies are showing all the readiness signs before starting solids! And if you are planning to begin with Baby-Led Weaning, wait until your baby is 6 months old.
Sitting up independently
Bringing their hands and toys to their mouth
Reaching for and showing interest in what you are eating
And remember, your baby is getting all the nutrition they need from breast milk or formula. If you try purees before 6 months and they push it right out, no worries. Just try again the next week. However by 6 months your baby should be starting solids unless your pediatrician says otherwise. There are also reasons for your baby to start solids before 6 months if directed by a pediatrician. So as always, if you have any concerns about your baby’s readiness signs for eating, consult with their doctor. 🙂
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