How can I tell if my baby is ready to begin eating solid foods?

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How can I tell if my baby is ready to begin eating solid foods?

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  1. Victor Strong

     As a general rule of thumb, babies are not usually ready to have solid foods introduced to them until they are 6 months old. Prior to this, they should be kept exclusively on breast milk or formula as their digestive systems have not yet developed to accept and break down solid foods. Some babies however begin to show signs of being ready for solids as early as 4 months. Here are some signs to look for in your bundle of joy to determine that they are ready (courtesy of baby center):

    - Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.

    - Losing the "extrusion reflex." To keep solid food in his mouth and then swallow it, your baby needs to stop using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.

    - Sitting well when supported. Even if he's not quite ready for a highchair, your baby needs to be able to sit upright to swallow well.

    - Chewing motions. Your baby's mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow. As he learns to swallow efficiently, you may notice less drooling – though if your baby's teething, you might still see a lot of drool.

    - Significant weight gain. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they've doubled their birth weight (or weigh about 15 pounds) and are at least 4 months old.

    - Growing appetite. He seems hungry – even with eight to ten feedings of breast milk or formula a day.

    - Curiosity about what you're eating. Your baby may begin eyeing your bowl of rice or reaching for a forkful of fettuccine as it travels from your plate to your mouth.



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