When Babies Can Start to Eat Solid Foods?

Every baby is different from one another, just like how parents are far from other parents. Most of parents are confused on what is the correct timeline to start giving solid foods for their little one.

Based on American Academy of Pediatrics you can wait until babies turn 6 months if you are exclusively breast feeding, while the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says 4 to 6 months is okay. In some Asian countries most pediatrician advised that babies should start eating between 4 to 6 months, depending on your little one’s readiness, what is not fine is feeding your babies before four months. It only provides no benefits, and can only cause harm including the risk of later weight problems, food allergies, their digestive system is not fully developed, and they are more prone on choking.

The best time to introduce solid foods is when your baby has developed the skills needed to eat.

Sometimes babies are ready for solids sooner than that. How will you know if your babies can start to eat? Babies need to have good head and neck control, able to sit up in a high chair, and have a good posture, can sit on their own. This usually doesn’t happen until they’re 4 to 6 months old. Also, if you try to feed your little one solids before this age, you may notice that he pushes food out of his mouth as quickly as you put it in. Babies start to lose this natural tongue-thrusting reflex at the 4- to 6-month mark, which makes it easier for them to start eating solid foods.

Signs your baby is ready to eat Solid Foods

  • They’re interested in foods. For example, they may watch others eat, reach for food, and open their mouths when food approaches.
  • They have the oral motor skills needed to move food to the throat and swallow it.
  • They usually weigh twice their birth weight, or close to it.
  • Able to sit on their own.
  • Shows interest on food.
  • Can grasps finger food on their hand.

Wait until your baby is at least 6 months old and shows these signs of readiness before starting solids. Babies who start solid foods before 4 months are at a higher risk for disease and other problems later on. They also aren’t coordinated enough to safely swallow solid foods and prone to choke the food or inhale it into their lungs.

How to introduce Solid Foods?

When you think your little one is ready, you can start by introducing soft and mashed fruits and vegetables to your baby, when your baby has been fully ready you can try Baby Led Weaning At this stage, solids should be fed after a nursing session, not before. That way, your baby fills up on breast milk, which should be your baby’s main source of nutrition until age 1.

When your baby gets the process of eating the first food, introduce others, such as finger foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, or yogurt. Wait at least 3-4 days before introducing new variety of food to make sure your baby doesn’t have any allergic reaction.

Offer these foods to your baby as soon as your little one starts eating solids. Make sure they’re served in forms that your baby can easily swallow. You can try a small amount of peanut butter mixed into fruit purée or yogurt, for example, or soft scrambled eggs.

Artificial fruit juices are not recommended for babies. Juice offers no health benefits, even to older babies. Juice can fill them up (leaving little room for more nutritious foods), promote obesity, cause diarrhea, and even put a baby at higher risk for tooth decay when teeth start coming in.

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