How to Tell When Baby is Ready to Move on to Solid Food

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Are you beginning to feel that liquids (breast milk or formula) just aren’t enough for your baby anymore? Introducing solid foods can be a lot of fun for parents. You get to enjoy their expressions each time they try something new and introduce them to a whole new world of flavors and textures. I remember how much fun it was to introduce my son to solids. You’ll want to keep your camera nearby!

Before you start offering chicken nuggets (every kid likes chicken nuggets!), you’ll want to make sure your child is ready. Solid foods in an undeveloped digestive system can cause all sorts of pain and troubles for your child. Here are some ways you can tell your son or daughter is ready for solid foods.

1. He sits well when supported

For the same reason as above, your baby should be able to sit up unsupported for several minutes. When you put him in the high chair or feeding chair, much of the work will be done for him, but he needs to have strong neck and core muscles to get the food down without incident.

2. He can chew

Your baby should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow it. That’s a tall request for someone who has only consumed liquids or paste-like baby foods. Start with small solid foods, but just large enough so he has to gum/chew them down a bit.

3. He has gained weight

If your baby is around six months and weighs double what they weighed at birth, then they could be ready to start munching on solid foods. Most babies are able to eat semi-solid foods at six months unless they have not been able to gain a healthy amount of weight. If you feel like your baby has not been gaining weight properly, you should get them checked by your pediatrician.

4. He can hold his head up

If your baby needs your support to hold his head up, then they probably are not ready to move to solid foods. Your baby needs to be able to maintain a steady, upright position to eat so they can effectively swallow without choking.

5. He is interested

The most important thing you should look for is interest. After a while, your baby will become interested in what’s on mom and dad’s plate. He’ll understand that you’re putting it in your mouth just like he does with his food. He might even reach out for your food to try. You want baby to want solid foods so he’s more likely to enjoy the experience.

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