How will I know my baby is ready to eat? There is so much confusion on this topic.
The general principle remains: 6 months of age is around the time to start and your baby will tell you when he’s ready:
- Your first clue will be when there is a slower weight gain or decreased growth velocity- “the solids dip” is what we call it at the hospital where I work. This will usually occur around the 6th month. If your baby loses weight or stops growing, if the weight plateaus, this is a reason for concern, and you should consult a doctor- this is not “solids dip”.
- Your baby should have at least doubled her birth weight.
- The next “readiness sign” to look out for is head and neck control. Your baby should have these mastered: hold her own head up steadily while in a sitting position.
- This brings us to the next sign- your baby should be able to sit unassisted but supported. This means your baby should be able to sit comfortably in an infant feeding chair without falling over.
- Your baby starts showing an interest in food, starts eyeing your meals, reaching for food, even drooling when they see food, they like the look of. Your baby may open her mouth when you offer her a spoonful and they get excited when they see you getting food ready.
- If you offer your baby a spoon of food and they automatically push their tongue and the food out, you can consider waiting a week or so before trying again.
- Your baby is hungrier than usual, demanding more than 8-10 feeds per day, not seeming fully satisfied after the feed and demanding more frequent feeds.
- Your baby has developed the “pincer grip”, grasping objects with the thumb and forefinger.