When to Introduce Solid Foods
Every baby is different and develops at his or her own pace. How do you know when it’s time to start solid foods? Sometimes it seems as if everyone has an opinion. The truth, though, is that there is no exact age or science for introducing solids; it’s all about your baby’s developmental progress. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting solids when your little one reaches the following milestones:
- Supports own head while sitting in an infant seat or high chair
- Shows interest in what you are eating
- Takes food from a spoon without rejecting it
When you begin to integrate solid foods, most of your baby’s nutritional needs will continue to be met through breast milk or formula. While some, or even all, of the food may end up on baby’s face, bib and clothes, there are important developmental reasons to offer solid foods. Introducing solids helps your baby learn to feed from a spoon (or a spouted pouch!) and appreciate the flavors and tastes of real, wholesome food.