Wondering if your baby is ready to start on solid foods? Watch to learn a few key factors that indicate your baby is ready for solids.

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Is baby ready for solid foods?

  1. Able to hold their head up while sitting
  2. Shows interest in what others are eating
  3. Opens mouth when food approaches
  4. Able to move food from a spoon or fork into throat

The AAP recommends starting babies on solid foods around 6 months. Start with thinly pureed fruits and veggies. Wait a few days between trying new baby foods. Then, if baby has an allergic reaction, you’ll know why!

How to make starting solids easier:

  • 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

Take a look at our feeding milestones for more information!