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Cues That Your Baby is Ready for First Solid Foods

When to introduce solids to baby

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Happy half birthday to your little munchkin♥♥ …. first and biggest milestone of a baby’s first year. On this biggest milestone what first special solid food you cooked for your baby?

I introduced Cerelac as a first solid food to my little K… ♥

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Breastfeed is the main source and optimal way of nutrition of baby. But once a baby completed six months she gets ready for solid foods. However, it’s not an age matter because it totally depends on the maturity of baby’s digestive tract and baby’s developmental readiness for solids. Some babies may be ready in just 4 months and others may take more time to get ready for first solid foods.

According to the health and breastfeeding experts and health organizations, six months is the ideal age when your babies get ready for solid foods. 

As little k was exclusively dependent on formula feed so I was very much excited for switching to solid foods for him.

This new and yummy milestone experience was quite enjoyable for us. I started with Cerelac, mashed potatoes, rice water, piled banana, vegetable puree.

I never did any Google searches regarding my baby’s health as I truly believe and follow all the suggestions given by my mom. She advised me to start solids to my baby at the age of six months when he clearly displayed the ready for solid food signs. Start early and slowly is the thumb rule and can make this milestone more enjoyable.  This early can vary from one kid to other. Before starting, talk to your pediatrician first.

However, before writing this article I did some pretty extensive research and collected more guidance from new and experienced mothers on the developmental signs that baby is ready for solids. But my first and topmost advice will always be to consult your pediatrician’s advice before taking any step.

Ask your doctor about when to introduce solids, and what is the best procedure to do so.

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Cues that your baby is ready for first solids foods

Here is the list of few signs that indicates the readiness of infants to shift from exclusive breastfeeding or formula feeding to solid food. These signs are as follows:-

  • When she is curious about food

Hungry little eyes are the best sign that clearly displays your kid is ready for solid food. If a baby trying to grab the food from the plate, she is interested in food.

However at this age infant is interested in putting everything in his mouth, so make sure you understand her gesture clearly.

  • When she is sitting well with or without support

Before starting solid foods it’s very important your baby can sit upright or hold her head up at least with the support of pillows for food swallowing and digestion. Some babies start sitting well with little or without any assistance at this age.

  • When she loses the tongue-thrust reflex

This is an important sign. Check if your baby loss reflex and also makes chewing motions. Test it by putting little food in her mouth. If she swallows cereal and purees with ease baby is ready for tasting new food. Make sure your baby knows how to use tongue otherwise she may experience a choking sensation and that can make this experience stressful for both baby and mommy.

  • When she gains double birth weight

Between four to six months babies generally gain double of their birth weight. And if it so congrats your baby is ready to eat first solid foods. She must have at least 13 pounds weight and at least 4 months old. However, there are a set of other factors you need to look at before you give your baby solid foods.

  • When she starts participating in mealtime

If your baby starts showing interest in your food plate, grabbing and putting food in her mouth, imitating the eating actions of mom and dad, then the baby is ready for solid food.

My son has had showed all these signs at the age of six so that’s the perfect time for him to start solids.

Most of the mothers usually get confused with some signs like if a baby demanding more milk feeds or if she chewing her fists. These signs do not mean that your little bundle of joy is developmentally ready for solid foods. So make sure you clearly understand the signs that baby is ready for solids.

Six months wait is highly recommended by the experts to save your kid from any allergies or infection from food. Because immune system and digestive system of baby below the six months are not very strong and they can catch food allergies very easily.

And if you can’t wait then consult the doctor when to introduce solids.

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Do I still need to give my baby breast milk or formula milk with solid food?

Yes!

Whether it’s a formula feed or breastfeed both are very important for a baby till she completes her first year. Solid food can’t give the nutrients that breast milk or formula provides. One main concern is that digestive tract of your baby should be mature enough to handle solids. It can be powered by either breastfeed or formula feed.

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What things will you need while preparing and serving first solid foods for your baby?

There are lots of cool parenting products that can make your tiring and busier parenting life easier. I used the BOON Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon, Silicone Roll up Bib with Comfort-Fit Fabric Neck, BEABA Babycook products for my little K and they helped me a lot during my motherhood journey. These are must-have things for every parent to feed their babies.

Read my sheer genius parenting products post if your baby is developmentally ready for solid foods.  

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What can be first best foods and healthy fats for your baby?

  • Breast milk or formula milk
  • Mashed banana
  • Stewed apple
  • Well steamed and pureed vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, French beans
  • Pulse soup
  • Rice Water
  • Homemade single-grain cereals like rice, barley, oats mixed with breast milk or formula milk
  • Steamed and pureed fruits like pear, avocado, peach.

 

Share with me if you also have some suggestions or if your baby has displayed any unique development signs for solid foods.

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17 Comments

  1. It’s really an exciting milestone to be able to share our love for food for the first time with our baby. I agree with all the signs that you shared! I hope new parents take note of these.

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  2. It’s such an exciting time! Thank you for the research and looking into this so much. I’m a mom-to-be and it’s helped me for sure! Thank you!

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  3. I have a niece who’s about the same age as your little munchkin (such a precious age isn’t it??). My sister in law will be all over this guide for sure. Great resource!

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  4. Absolute cues these are. I remember my baby brother grabbing my spoon…looking at me as I ate and even poking his little cute fingers into my plate..and little by little, he began having a taste of solid foods.

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  5. When I eventually start to have children I definitely would like to make their first solid food at home a lot of the time. These are some great. tips – thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ah this takes me back to days in the past. I remember my daughter moving on to solid foods. I know she kind of jumped right in but she always wanted her milk, whether it was breast milk or otherwise.

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