The first year of your bay’s life is filled with mini milestones. One of these memorable milestones is when your baby goes from drinking milk to eating pureed foods or solid foods.
But when is the right time to supplement milk or formula for solids? The ideal time is around four to six months, but sometimes your baby is simply not ready to make the switch. If you are not sure, then here are 4 telltale signs that can help you make an informed decision about what’s for dinner.
1: Weight gain
Weight gain is a good measurement of growth. When you notice that your baby is double their birth weight, then you know that their most likely ready to start eating solids. When feeding your baby, make sure that you closely monitor his reaction to the new diet, because this will tell you if solid foods are a yay or nay for your little one.
2. Steady posture
Look at your baby’s posture, it can tell a lot about the development. Around eight to nine months you can expect to see your baby sitting up right. A baby who is able to hold thier head up whilst sitting, even if thier body needs a little propping, is a baby that is ready to eat solid foods.
3. Spoon test
If you notice that your baby eagerly opens their mouth every time a spoon is in sight, it’s often an indication that they are ready for a spoonful of pureed vegetables. If on the other hand, your baby isn’t opening their mouth at the sight of a spoon, then the answer is simple: he’s just not into solids as yet. The best thing to do here is to give it some time and perform the spoon test at a later stage.
4. An eye for food
Lastly, if your baby keeps eyeing your food, then you know your little one is willing to give it a try. Depending on what you are eating mum, you can use your discursion and give them a taste. Another sign that goes hand-and-hand with eyeing your food is, if your baby reaches for your crockery and manages to take it out your hand —then you know baby is ready for solids.
An important thing to remember is that solid food does not refer to baby carrots or even a piece of meat, it simply means pureed food. Some good first-time solid foods to try are pureed fruit and veggies like avocado, sweet potato, bananas and pears as well as eggs and fish. Make sure to avoid dried fruit and nuts.
Remember that no matter how old your baby is, it’s always a good idea to get the official go-ahead from your pediatrician before introducing your baby to solid foods.