Have you asked yourself when's the right time to introduce solid foods into your kid's diet? We have compiled the 6 common signs that your baby is ready for a food update. You know your child best and you should trust your intuition along with the advice of your child's pediatrician!
When implementing solid foods to your baby's diet pay attention that they are getting enough to drink to stay hydrated, especially during warmer months. Breast milk or formula are excellent sources of hydration but starting at 6 months, small age-appropriate servings of water can also be a good choice!
Here are some of the most common signs your baby is ready for a meal plan update - enjoy!
1. They pay close attention to mom and dad's food.
2. They grab for the food you are holding.
3. They can sit up (with a little help). If they can't yet sit up, there is a higher risk of choking on something.
4. They open their mouth when you spoon-feed them.
5. They lose the sucking reflex which means their tongue won't press food out of their mouth anymore.
6. They imitate your chewing.
Keep in mind that if your child seems satisfied with formula or breast milk only, there is no need to push them into eating anything else, for now. It's best to pay close attention to how your baby is communicating their needs and trust your ability to understand them.
Introducing a mixed diet can sometimes be stressful and both of you might be facing some new difficulties. But this is all part of the journey, enjoy the ride! If you're ever unsure about whether or not it's appropriate to start your little one on their solids journey, always reach out to your pediatrician for advice.
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Please be aware that this information is based on general trends in babies, and it is not medical advice. Your doctor should be your first source of information and advice when considering any changes to your child’s formula and when choosing your child’s formula. Always consult your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s diet or if you notice any changes in your child.
Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby because breast milk provides your child with all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. Please consult your pediatrician if your child requires supplemental feeding.