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When is Baby Ready for Solid Foods?
It’s quite typical for a Mom to notice that her baby is starting to get hungrier than usual and will ask her pediatrician when she can introduce solid foods. Ultimately, the baby decides when he/she is ready to make the transition, but there are a few signs you can watch for that will let you know that the time is near.
It’s important to note that just because your baby seems hungrier than usual, it doesn’t mean that they are ready for solid foods. Just like older children, babies can go through sudden growth spurts at which times they also eat more. The main thing to watch for is consistency in the hunger.
In theory, your baby can begin to eat solid foods as early as 4 months old, but there is no definitive rule. So, if your baby is not showing signs of wanting to eat solids, then don’t push it. It will come.
Here’s a few things to watch for:
Your baby is going to have to have adequate neck control in order to swallow anything other than milk. If your baby’s head still wobbles around uncontrollably, then solid foods aren’t ready to be on the menu yet.
Babies will naturally push things out of their mouth with their tongue to protect themselves from choking. This is known as the extrusion reflex. In order for your baby to begin eating solid foods, he/she has to be past the extrusion reflex.
It goes without saying that you need to chew in order to eat solid foods. You may see your baby start to naturally make a chewing motion which may indicate that he/she is ready to eat solid foods.
Another good indication that your baby is ready to make the transition to eating solid foods is weight gain. Although, this alone is not a sure sign that your baby is ready, if he/she has double in weight, then it might be time for solids if combined with any of the other indicators.
Ultimately, your baby will begin to let you know when he or she is ready to move past breast milk or formula and on to solid foods.