The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends introducing solid foods to your baby after six months of age. Prior to six months, the AAP says babies should be exclusively breastfed. Breast milk (or formula) provides adequate nourishment for your baby until such time that your baby’s digestive system is prepared to digest solid foods. In order to ensure that your baby is ready to leave his liquid-only diet behind, look for these clear signs from your baby.
Signs Baby is Ready for Solid Foods
Baby can sit upright.
To be able to ingest solid foods, your baby needs to be able to hold his head steady and sit upright. This position will allow food to travel through your baby’s digestive tract smoothly and protect from choking.
Baby makes chewing motions.
In order to swallow solids, your baby needs to be ready to chew and push foods towards the back of her mouth.
Baby has been gaining weight.
By the time your baby is ready to eat solids, he is usually double his birth weight.
Baby has a bigger appetite.
You may notice more frequent feedings at this time, in addition to your baby eyeballing the food on your plate.
Baby has lost the extrusion reflex.
The extrusion reflex causes your baby to push any food placed on their tongue out of their mouth. When this reflex has diminished, your baby should begin to chew and swallow food, rather than pushing it out.