Signs That Your Baby is Ready to Eat Solids

 

 If you have (or have had) an infant, it’s likely that you’ve been given advice on when to start feeding your baby. You’ve probably been told to give your baby some rice cereal (here are some good reason to skip rice cereal) to help the baby sleep longer or to give yourself more time in between feedings. These are not good reasons to start feeding your baby, in my humble opinion. Instead of trying to stuff your baby’s belly or even waiting for a magical age, instead try looking for signs that your baby is ready to eat solids.

I started feeding my son solids at 6 months and one week.  I actually wanted to wait longer but he was clearly ready to eat.

Though I was very determined to wait, I’ll admit I felt pressured by a lot of people to feed my son before he was 6 months. Some of this came from direct comments that were made to me and some of it came from seeing or hearing what other moms were doing and second guessing my stance to wait until at least 6 months.

But I held my ground.

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends “around 6 months” for solids. There are a couple of reasons that 6 months is the recommended age, the baby’s digestive system being one. The other being that there are some developmental markers that should take place before a baby eats solids. These generally take place around 6 months.

These markers, or signs, are more important than the baby’s age because they indicate that the baby is physically capable.

 

Signs That Your Baby is Ready to Eat Solids

Below is a list of signs that I have found in researching this topic. I would also recommend visiting two of my “go to” sites, askdrsears.com and  KellyMom.com.

Signs That Your Baby is Ready to Eat Solids: 

  • Able to sit unassisted.
  • Watches you eat, following your eating utensil. 
  • Reaches for food and is eager to participate in mealtime.
  • Can pick up objects and food.
  • Has lost the reflex that causes him or her to automatically push food out with tongue.

9 thoughts on “Signs That Your Baby is Ready to Eat Solids

  1. Jordyn January 12, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    This is such a great post! I may have to ask if I can share some of your tips on my blog in the near future as I planned to do a similar post.

    I would love to nominate you for the Liebster Award, if you’ll accept. You can find it on my blog here: http://wp.me/p602F4-3F, but no pressure if you aren’t interested. Just let me know and congratulations on a wonderful blog, I’m so happy I found it!

    • inezbayardo January 12, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Jordyn! You are welcome to use the tips. 🙂 I would be honored to be nominated by you. Thank you!! P.S. I love your blog, too!

  2. Lacey April 19, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    My little guy is only almost 3 months old but this is definitely good to know! I may have to share this link on my Facebook page!

  3. Kristen April 20, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    We started with rice cereal at 3 months and little E loved it. By the time he was 4 months he was eating everything! Everyone was shocked that he was such a great eater. I totally believe that you should definitely follow the signs that they’re ready and not just jump the gun. Thanks for the great cues!

    • inezbayardo July 25, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      My little man LOVED sweet potatoes. That was his second food… I think. haha.

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