When to Switch to Solid Foods
When your baby is first born, his whole world revolves around liquids. But as the months go by, your baby will become ready to try solid food.
The question is, though, how do you know if your baby is ready?
Here are some of the signs my husband and I looked out for when introducing our little one to solid foods:
- She was sitting up in her high chair and holding her head up on her own.
- She started opening her mouth or reaching for food when she saw us eating.
- When I offered a spoon of milk, she swallowed it without dribbles down her chin. We found she wasn’t quite ready to swallow solids until she had her dribbles under control.
- She had doubled her birth weight.
We first transitioned our baby over to pureed peas (which she loved). After that, we started to introduce her to a variety of other veggies, fruits, and grains. A lot of my friends started their little ones off with single-grain cereal. As my pediatrician explained every baby will like something different, so try a diverse set of foods to give them a sampling.
Christine Knight is an Australian expat and mother of one enthusiastic toddler. Now living in Brooklyn, NY, she is co-founder of brunchwithmybaby.com, a site dedicated to helping parents navigate the NYC and Sydney food scenes with their offspring.
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