Babies are little eating machines. It seems once you put them down from one feeding. They’re ready for the next! Well, it’s no wonder since they grow quite a bit in their first year. When the time comes to move from the bottle or breastfeeding onto more solid foods. It can be challenging since as a parent you want to know when your baby is ready for it. Well, here is a bit of information to help you out.
Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solid Foods
First off, babies should be breastfed or bottle fed for the first six months of their life. After that, parents need to be sure that their baby is developed enough to even to begin eating solid foods. This is where it depends on how mature the digestive tract of the baby is. A good rule of thumb is not to start the baby on any solids for at least the first six months of life.
At this point in time, babies can be ready to start trying solids at different points in their life. Usually, babies are ready to start eating solid foods about six to eight months of age.
Developmental Signs that Indicate Your Baby is Ready for Solids
There are a couple of developmental signs you as a parent can look for in your baby to see if they’re ready for solid foods or not. Just to name a few indicators your baby may be ready is below:
- Baby is happy to take part in mealtime and grabs at food to put in their mouth.
- Baby can sit up without support.
- Baby is starting to develop a pincer grasp. Where they pick up objects using their thumb and forefinger together.
- Baby does not have the tongue thrust reflex where they will push solids out of their mouth using their tongue.
- Baby is willing to chew.
What if your baby does not show interest in solid foods though? Well, babies have and had thrived on breast milk or the bottle for nine to twelve months and did perfectly fine. As long as your baby is continuing to grow and develop properly. Milk should be just fine. It should be noted though that after the first six months, babies will need to have more zinc and iron that cannot always be provided by milk alone. Other essential nutrients your baby needs can also be provided by small amounts of solid food too.
The point at which your baby is ready for solid foods can be tricky. It really just boils down to how your baby is. Many experts will say that absolutely waiting six months after your baby is born before trying to get them to eat solid foods is a must. Babies may begin to try and participate at meal time early on, but that’s only because they see what everyone else is doing. Be sure to talk with your pediatrician before making any drastic changes to your baby’s diet. Also, be sure to talk to them about if your baby is ready to start solid foods or not.