As a new parent, you may be wondering when you can start feeding your baby solids. It can be exciting to introduce your little one to new tastes and textures, but it’s important to wait until they’re ready. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering starting solids.
At Least 6 Months
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until your baby is at least six months old before introducing solid foods. This is because a baby’s digestive system is not yet mature enough to handle solid foods before this time.
They’ll Show Interest
When your baby is ready, they will begin to show signs of readiness, such as sitting up on their own and showing an interest in food. It’s important to introduce foods one at a time, waiting a few days between each new food to monitor for any signs of allergy or intolerance.
Which Foods to Consider
When it comes to first foods, single-grain infant cereals are a common starting point, followed by pureed fruits and vegetables. As your baby grows and develops, you can gradually introduce more complex flavors and textures. Remember to always follow safe feeding practices, such as ensuring your baby is seated upright and never leaving them unattended while eating.