Wondering when you can go from feeding your baby milk or formula to solids? The simple answer is that most babies start solids when they’re between four to six months old. Beyond age though, what are the signs that your baby is ready to start solids? Watch out for these four things and get ready to turn on your Babycook!
1. Your baby can balance a book on their head (aka, they’re able to hold their own head up!): Don’t worry, we’re not balancing books on babies’ heads. But, we are watching to see if they can sit upright and hold their head in place on their own. This is one of the first (and most important) signs you should look for. If they’re unable to hold their head up by themselves, they risk choking on whatever foods (or liquids) you introduce to them.
2. They’re staring down your food all. the. time: If you feel your baby’s eyes on you and your food during mealtime, they’re probably wishing that your food could be their food. Around four to six months, babies will become more curious about what the people around them are eating. They may even attempt to grab a piece of whatever you’re eating if it’s within an arm’s reach!
3. Your baby open-sesames all day, e’ry day: One simple way to know if your baby is ready to start solids is by watching their reaction once you bring a spoon closer to their mouth. Do they seem puzzled by it? Do they push it away? Maybe they open their mouth wide. If so, that’s a tell-tale sign that it may be time.
4. No more tongue-thrust reflex: This reflex occurs when something touches a baby’s lips. It’s there to help babies suck on things like bottles. That said, it will usually disappear after your baby is four to six months old. Once it’s gone, it’s go-time for solids!
Once your baby is ready to start solids, we’ve got an abundance of resources to help you out. If you’re still breastfeeding, be sure to check out our guide to the best purees to make with breast milk. Curious about just how much food is enough? Here’s the answer. Wish you could speak to a professional about the do’s and don’ts of this milestone time? We already picked the brain of a registered dietician on all things feeding for the first year!