Parents’ Guide to Starting Solid Foods

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Parents’ Guide to Starting Solids Foods is part of our Parents’ Guide series. View the entire series for quick videos, packed full of development info and tips.

 

Wondering if your baby is ready to start on solid foods? Here are a few key factors that indicate your baby is ready for solids include: They’re able to hold their head up while sitting, shows interest in what others are eating, opens their mouth when food approaches and are able to move food from a spoon or fork into their throat.

The AAP recommends starting babies on solid food when they are roughly 6 months old. Start with thinly pureed fruits and veggies. Wait a few days before introducing them to new foods, this way if your baby has an allergic reaction you will know why.

A few ways to make starting solids easier include:

• Wait until baby is calm
• Give baby a small amount of break milk or formula before offering their first solid
• Don’t force any kind of food
• In the beginning don’t be surprised if baby gags, it’s part of the learning process