Is baby ready for solids?

Here are the top tips for transitioning your baby from formula to solids

Eating solids is a great adventure when you’re a baby.

For new parents, it may seem overwhelming to begin transitioning your baby to solid foods. When making the leap from formula to solids, there are many questions to think about. These top tips will help answer your questions so you can feel confident about your little one’s first solid food experience.

When should I start introducing solids?

According to the World Health Organization, babies should be starting to eat solid foods at around six months. At this age, your baby’s mouth, stomach and intestines are mature enough to handle foods other than milk. 

How do I know my baby is ready for solids? 

Your baby may be ready for solid foods if: 

  • She can sit up without support and have good control of her neck muscles 
  • He starts to show interest in foods others are eating 
  • She opens her mouth when she sees food 

What should my baby’s first food be? 

A good rule of thumb is to stick to foods made with simple ingredients. Easily digestible cereals can be mixed with breast milk or formula to ease the transition.

Other things to consider:

  1. Start with one food at a time using very small spoonfuls.
  2. Choose the time of a day when your baby is the hungriest and make that the “solid food time.”
  3. As your baby gets used to having solids instead of breast milk or formula, expect a bit of fuss and hiccups.
  4. Once your baby is comfortable with one feeding time a day, increase it to twice daily and so on.
  5. When babies are under the weather or teething, they may want and need milk instead.

Always remember that this journey is different for everyone, so it’s important to be patient and trust that weaning will happen when you and your baby are ready.

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