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Is your baby ready for solids? What signs do you need to look out for? Starting your baby on solid foods is a major (and very messy!) developmental milestone. Check out these handy tips.
Is your baby ready for staring solids? What signs do you need to look out for?

Starting your baby on solid foods is a major (and very messy!) developmental milestone.

It is recommended that solids are started between 4-6 months. However, it is more important to focus on the signs or readiness rather than the age of your baby.

If you give your baby solids too early you may increase the risk of digestive problems, food allergies or food intolerances.
 

Starting solids


5 Signs your baby is ready to start solids


1. They have an interest in food and watching others eat.

2. They have a growing appetite and still hungry, even with 6-8 breast or formula feeds per day.

3. The can sit up well when supported.

4. They have good head control. Babies need to be able to hold their heads steady by themselves before they can begin to eat.

5. The loss of their tongue-thrust reflex. They need to be able to move solid food to the back of his mouth to swallow it.
 

7 Tips on starting solids


1. Be prepared for mess! Especially if you're introducing baby-led weaning.

2. Choose a time to start when your baby is not too tired.

3. Start with offering them one meal per day, gradually increasing up to 3 meals per day.

4. Keep feeding time positive and fun. Your baby is learning a new skill. Being patient and calm helps your baby see that mealtimes are a fun relaxing time and helps to build a positive association with food.

5. Keep preserving! Quite often babies will have to try things several times before they will accept it.
  
6. It is important that breast milk or formula remains a big part of a baby's diet until 12 months. Both provide important vitamins, iron and protein in a form that your baby is use to digesting.
 
7. After 6 months of age, breast milk or formula alone cannot meet an infant’s energy requirements and stores of iron and zinc are likely to be depleted by this age. Therefore solid foods are an important addition to your baby's diet.
 

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Source: This article has been kindly written for us by Yum Yum Kids. Image source: Freeimages
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