Introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet can come with a whole lot of questions and concerns because it’s a big step! Hopefully this information will help guide you through this exciting time!
When can my baby begin eating solid foods?
Experts recommend gradually introducing solid foods when a baby is around 6 months old, depending on each child’s readiness and rate of development. The American Academy of Pediatrics uses these guidelines:
- Head control – Can your baby hold his head up and sit up in a high chair or feeding seat with good head control?
- Eagerness – Does your baby seem eager to be fed? Does he open his mouth when food comes his way or does he reach for you food?
- Weight – Typically, when babies double their birth weight around 4 months, and weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready!