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4 Signs Your Baby Is Ready for Solid Foods

My last post went into great detail about the research on age of starting solids and health outcomes, including nutrition, growth, illness, and allergies. If you read that post, you know that there are small risks and benefits of starting earlier or later (in the range of 4-6 months), but there’s no evidence for an optimal age of starting solids for all babies. Here’s what to look for instead, starting with a brief summary of the data on age:

1. Your baby is at least 4 months of age.

Read my post on this if you want to know the details and see the references. If not, here’s a summary:

  • There is good evidence that it’s best to wait until at least 4 months of age to start solids, unless advised otherwise by a doctor for a specific medical reason.
  • Starting solids between 4 and 6 months of age may give babies a boost in iron nutrition, assuming they’re getting some good dietary sources of iron. Exposure to potentially allergenic foods, such as wheat and eggs, by about 6 months may reduce the risk of allergy to those foods.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age may reduce your baby’s risk of minor gastrointestinal infections, although this isn’t shown in all studies. For moms, it may also result in greater weight loss and prolonged lactational amenorrhea.

Whether or not you start solids at 4 months, 6 months, or somewhere in between is up to you and your baby. The research on this topic is still evolving, and either is a fine choice. In fact, given that babies develop at different rates, it seems unlikely that all babies would be ready to start solids the moment the clock strikes midnight on their 4-month birthday or 6-month birthday.

This was the same sentiment eloquently expressed in a 2009 editorial by British pediatrician Martin Ward Platt, using the term “weaning” to mean starting solid foods:

“The weaning debate has been largely predicated on the notion that there is some magic age at which, or from which, it is in some sense ‘‘safe’’ or ‘‘optimal’’ to introduce solids. Yet it is highly counterintuitive that such an age exists. In what other area of developmental biology is there any such rigid age threshold for anything? We all recognize that age thresholds are legal inventions to create workable rules and definitions, and have no meaning in physiology or development, yet when we talk about weaning we seem to forget this.”1

Given this, it’s really up to you to follow your baby’s lead, watching for the developmental signs discussed in the rest of this post.

2. Your baby can sit upright and hold his head up straight.

These gross motor skills signal that your baby has the core body strength and stability needed to eat solid foods. Pediatric feeding specialist and certified speech language pathologist Melanie Potock explained why this is so important on my Facebook page:

“Gross motor stability (in this case trunk stability) provides the support for fine motor skills. It’s very hard to learn to eat purees off a spoon or do any sort of self-feeding of soft solids if the trunk is not supported. Try it yourself by letting your trunk relax and fall into the back of your dining chair, slightly slumped. Now stay that way and try to bite, chew and swallow. Imagine if you were just learning to eat this way!”

[I’m thrilled that Melanie Potock wrote a guest post explaining more about why stability is so important and how to best seat your baby comfortably at the table here: S.I.T.! Feeding Your Child Using Stability and Independence at the Table]

In other words, when babies have gross motor stability in place, they’ll have a much easier time with the fine motor and oral motor skills needed for feeding. That means that baby should be able to sit comfortably upright, on his own or with a little support, and hold his head up to face you. In one study, babies were able to sit in a caregiver’s lap without help at 5.5 months, on average, but this milestone was quite variable (standard deviation of 2 months).2

Trunk stability is also important because it allows you and your baby to be able to be face-to-face during feeding and for your baby to be an active participant in deciding whether, how much, and how fast to eat. You offer baby a bite, and he leans forward and opens his mouth if he’d like to accept, or he turns his head away to say no thanks. With good trunk stability, a baby can communicate his wants and needs to you, and you can be responsive to them. This way, feeding becomes a respectful and pleasant conversation between the two of you.3

Feed your baby responsively, watching for his cues of wanting more or being done, like a back-and-forth conversation.

3. Your baby has the oral motor skills to handle solid foods.

At birth, most babies are already skilled at sucking. Sucking is an involuntary reflex that develops around 32 weeks of gestation, and babies practice it in utero before birth. Sucking gives them the skill to efficiently transfer milk through a nipple, whether from breast or bottle.

To eat from a spoon, a baby needs a different set of oral motor skills. She needs to have the jaw stability and coordination to open her mouth when offered a bite. She needs to have lost the tongue thrust reflex present earlier in life, which meant that if you placed food on her lips or in the front of her mouth, her tongue would immediately push it back out. Instead, she needs to be able to move her tongue to push food to the back of her mouth. Her gag reflex needs to have toned down and moved to the back of her mouth, finally allowing her to swallow her first bites of food. These oral motor skills will be in place sometime between 4 and 6 months for most babies.2

Some babies and/or their parents prefer to skip purees and start right in with self-feeding soft foods. This requires greater oral motor development to bite off pieces of food and use the tongue to move it between the jaw for mashing before swallowing. It also requires fine motor development to rake foods on a tray, pick them up, and put them in her mouth.

All of this development is pretty impressive when you think about it, and in most babies, it happens right about the time when they start to need nutrition from additional foods beyond breast milk – around 6 months.

carruth data

Babies gain the gross, oral, and fine motor skill needed for feeding at different ages. These data are based on a longitudinal study with 57-60 babies assessed at each time point (Carruth and Skinner, 2002).

How will you know that your baby has the oral motor development to eat solids? One indicator is that she’s putting her hands and toys in her mouth without gagging on them. But at a certain point, you’ll just need to offer her a bite of food and see what happens.

4. Your baby is interested in beginning and continuing to eat solids.

By 4-6 months, most babies are showing interest in foods if you’re eating around them. BabyM has been in our arms at meals since he was a newborn, and by 4 months, he was sitting up in our laps and lunging forward towards our plates. He was watching us eat and grabbing at our hands and utensils as if he wanted in on the fun. I was also giving him his vitamin D drops on a spoon, and he was eagerly opening his mouth for it.

Of course, grabbing for food doesn’t mean that your baby is hungry or even has an interest in trying food – just that he is interested in putting in his mouth what you’re putting in yours. Think about it… babies this age explore everything with their mouths. And here you are, putting something in your mouth, and looking pleased about it. Of course your baby wants to get in on that action.

Still, this interest is a sign that your baby might be up for trying solids. So if he’s sitting up and putting things in his mouth, you might now try a bit of food. Offer him a bite, but always let him choose if he wants to take it. Wait until he opens his mouth for it. Let him move that food around in his mouth, taste it, swallow, and think it over. Then, does he open his mouth for more? If so, carry on with the next bite. If he doesn’t show interest in another bite – not opening his mouth, turning his head away, or even starting to fuss or cry – then you know he’s not quite ready. Give him a few days or a week or more before you try again, and just let him chew on a spoon at dinner until then.

I tried giving BabyM a few bites of food around 4.5 months. I’d been researching this topic, and as I said, he was showing lots of interest in food and the spoon, so we tried a bit of sweet potato. He readily opened his mouth for the first bite but then pushed most of it right back out onto his lips (tongue thrust reflex in action). He fussed a little and showed no interest in a second bite. A few days later, I offered him a taste of oatmeal thinned with breast milk, and he had the same response. So, we took a break from solids for a while. BabyM continued to join us at the table, where he learned other things about food – that it’s enjoyable, social, and something to be shared with family.

Just today, at 5 months and 1 week, BabyM was grabbing for the leftover pot roast I was eating for lunch. I threw some in the food processor and offered him a few bites. He ate like a pro from the spoon and kept opening his mouth for more bites, even fussing a little when I was too slow to offer him more. Letting him lead the way ensures that eating will be a pleasant experience from the start.

This brings me to my last point: It’s really important not to pressure a baby to eat.

What’s most important is getting off on the right foot with feeding responsively, showing your baby that he’s in charge of deciding whether to eat, how fast, and how much. You’ll notice there aren’t a ton of references on this post, because there really aren’t a lot of studies evaluating outcomes based on starting solids according to developmental readiness. (Age, apparently, is much easier to evaluate, as evidenced by the reference list in my last post.) But everything about readiness to eat solids hinges on this important concept of responsive feeding, and there is strong evidence to support this.

Responsive feeding sets infants up to eat and grow well. For example, one recent study found that when mothers of 4-month-olds had low awareness of infant hunger and satiety cues, they were more likely to pressure their babies to eat, and their babies were more likely to be picky eaters at 2 years of age.4 Some research indicates that greater sensitivity to infant cues results in slower (and presumably healthier) weight gain in infancy, perhaps contributing to healthier weight in childhood.5,6

In another study, mothers who were responsive in their feeding of solids had babies that seemed to self-correct their growth trajectories in late infancy. That is, babies that had gained weight quickly in early infancy showed slower growth between 6 and 12 months, and those that were growing slower began to gain more. The opposite happened when mothers were more controlling in their feeding: smaller babies stayed small, and bigger babies gained more.7,8 Babies are good at self-regulating caloric intake to meet their needs, and we want to do everything we can to trust this innate ability and honor their cues.

Is doubling of birth weight a sign that baby is ready for solids?

I’ve seen doubling of birthweight, or hitting about 13 pounds, listed as an indicator of solids readiness on several reputable sites (plus plenty of less reputable ones). Problem is, I can’t find any research to back this up or any explanation of where this “milestone” comes from. As far as I can tell, it’s completely arbitrary. It may be true that most babies who have doubled their birth weight are ready to start solids, but there’s no evidence that a certain size is important. Instead, it’s about gross, fine, and oral motor skills, and interest in eating.

Here are two of my favorite books for advice about feeding solids:

(These are affiliate links to Amazon, so I get a small commission if you decide to order one. Thank you for supporting Science of Mom!)

You can’t beat Satter’s Child of Mine for insightful discussion of responsive feeding and feeding dynamics. The only problem is that some of the information about starting solids is a little outdated – mainly that she recommends delaying potentially allergenic foods, and I think she’s a little too devoted to rice cereal for some of my reader’s tastes. Fearless Feeding is more concise and gives lots of practical advice about what to feed at this stage. Of course, my own book also includes several chapters on feeding solids, with details on when and how to begin and the best foods to feed. My book – The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year – is now available on Amazon.

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References:

  1. Platt, M. P. W. Demand weaning: infants’ answer to professionals’ dilemmas. Arch. Dis. Child. 94, 79–80 (2009).
  2. Carruth, B. R. & Skinner, J. D. Feeding Behaviors and Other Motor Development in Healthy Children (2–24 Months). J. Am. Coll. Nutr. 21, 88–96 (2002).
  3. Black, M. M. & Aboud, F. E. Responsive Feeding Is Embedded in a Theoretical Framework of Responsive Parenting. J. Nutr. 141, 490–494 (2011).
  4. Cassells, E. L., Magarey, A. M., Daniels, L. A. & Mallan, K. M. The influence of maternal infant feeding practices and beliefs on the expression of food neophobia in toddlers. Appetite 82, 36–42 (2014).
  5. Worobey, J., Islas Lopez, M. & Hoffman, D. J. Maternal Behavior and Infant Weight Gain in the First Year. J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 41, 169–175 (2009).
  6. DiSantis, K. I., Hodges, E. A., Johnson, S. L. & Fisher, J. O. The role of responsive feeding in overweight during infancy and toddlerhood: a systematic review. Int. J. Obes. 35, 480–492 (2011).
  7. Farrow, C. V. & Blissett, J. Controlling Feeding Practices: Cause or Consequence of Early Child Weight? Pediatrics 121, e164–e169 (2008).
  8. Farrow, C. & Blissett, J. Does Maternal Control During Feeding Moderate Early Infant Weight Gain? Pediatrics 118, e293–e298 (2006).

How did you know your baby was ready to start solid foods?

45 Comments
  1. Words Of A Christian Wife #

    Thank you for this 🙂 I was just wondering about this today about my little one!

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    May 28, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on Single Mom Talk.

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    May 28, 2015
  3. wtfovaries #

    Great info!!

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    May 28, 2015
  4. Thanks for this – very informed and useful information. I started weaning my little one at 17 weeks and she loved it from the off. The point you make about responsive feeding is so important – I wasn’t aware it was called this, but there are definite clues to look out for – babies know what they want!

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    May 29, 2015
  5. krs #

    Thanks, this is a good post. I have a question about feeding responsively. Is it possible that some babies don’t know when they’re full? My 5 month old is started on solids and really enjoys them, asks for more, and fusses when we don’t keep feeding him. But he does not get to a point where he stops opening his mouth and reaching for the spoon, instead he eventually gets fussy and starts arching his back, and eventually cries a lot if we keep feeding him. I think it’s because his stomach is too full, but he doesn’t realize it. He’s also often done something similar nursing. Is this possible? Has anybody else experienced something similar? Any advice about how to feed him a healthy amount?

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    May 29, 2015
    • That’s interesting. Barring a medical condition, babies are usually born with an excellent sense of when they are hungry and when they are full, and as long as they are fed milk on demand and we respect their cues with that, those should stay intact. Ellyn Satter writes about her experience with babies that are often restricted – i.e. not fed enough – and she says they can become so preoccupied with getting enough food (because they’re not secure in the knowledge that they’ll always be able to get enough) that they can overeat. So that’s one thing to consider – if you’re inadvertently restricting him or cutting him off too soon. Otherwise, I would say just to respond to cues that he gives you, and if the first “fullness” cue is fussing and arching his back, acknowledge that and stop feeding. Even at this age, I think it’s worth putting that into words for the baby – in part to get yourself used to it and in part because he will start to understand over time. Say something like, “I think you’re telling me that you’re full, so we’re going to put the food away now.” Before he reaches this point, you can also try asking several times: “Do you want more? Or are you all done?” Try introducing some basic signs for more and all done if you’d like (not necessary for feeding responsively, but it might help in this case). It’s great that you’re paying attention to this, and the two of you might just need to hone your communication. I bet it will get better as he gets more experienced with eating and his motor skills develop. Offer self-feeding foods as he’s ready to try them – that’s another way to be sure he’s in charge of how much he’s eating. Good luck!

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      May 29, 2015
      • krs #

        Thanks! That’s really interesting, I would like to check out Satter. He’s always been breastfed more or less on demand and grown well, so I wouldn’t think he’d been restricted. On the other hand, he has always seemed kind of hungry, and never wants to stop nursing even after an hour, so I have wondered whether I don’t make quite as much milk as he wants. I guess I could also be misreading or missing some cues. I like the idea of talking to him about it. I hope he’s ready for finger foods soon- he already does a good job of helping us with the spoon. Thanks for the information!

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        May 31, 2015
  6. Thanks for another interesting post! I love how much research you put in to these. All my babies were ready to give solids a try around 5 months. None of them had doubled their birth weight by the time they were one, though, so I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t wait until then 😉

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    May 29, 2015
    • Yes! Thanks for your comment about doubling birth weight. Such a strange piece of advice – I’m really curious where it comes from!

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      June 1, 2015
  7. This article is really informative. I agree with your last point – babies should always have fun at meal times and not feel pressured. I read some Baby Led Weaning books and they mentioned waiting till 6 months when ‘the gut has sealed’. But I never saw that anywhere else. Have you come across the term and is there any science behind it?

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    May 29, 2015
    • I keep saying that I’m going to write a post about this! You do see this idea of “virgin gut” around the Internet, but there isn’t much science behind it. I’ve tried tracing scientific references to see where it comes from, and I usually find myself at a dead-end with someone’s opinion, not empirical evidence. There may be some truth to the idea, because certainly the gut develops quickly over those first few months, but there’s no evidence that I can find that babies’ GI tracts aren’t ready for solid foods by about 4 months.

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      May 29, 2015
      • Thanks for your great answer. I always wondered where that ‘fact’ came from. I enjoy reading your blog – you do such thorough research.

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        May 30, 2015
  8. Thanks for another excellent post and resources for families! I also like “Food Fights…” as well for general feeding tips with humor and common sense.
    Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup
    by Laura A. Jana et al.
    Link: http://amzn.com/B00DTEZ48C

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    May 29, 2015
    • I haven’t read that one, but I’ll check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

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      May 29, 2015
  9. Eva #

    Your mention of the pot roast makes me wonder: How much do you worry about salt? So far I haven’t offered our six-month-old anything right off my plate because I read so many warnings about how babies can’t handle salt; I’m cooking everything for him separately, from beans to fish to steamed veggies. But that has to end at some point, right? When?

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    May 29, 2015
    • Oh gosh, I wasn’t even thinking about salt at that moment! Thanks for catching that. You’re totally right that you don’t want to give babies much salt at this age. To be fair, this wasn’t a very salty pot roast (I made it myself and used 1 tsp of salt for a 3.5 lb roast), and he only ate a little of it, so I’m not really worried about his ability to handle this amount of salt. There’s some literature on the renal solute load (how much the kidneys have to filter) of different kinds of milk (human milk, formula, cow’s milk) and foods, so maybe I can dig that up to give you a better answer to your question. There’s also some interesting literature on salt and blood pressure in babies, but it focused on babies in the first 6 months of life.

      In short, you make a valid point, and I’m not sure how important this is, but I’ll look into it more. It could be a worthwhile blog post. For my baby, I think it’s okay when there’s a little salt in homemade foods – that’s much less than found in processed foods. If you’re preparing food just for baby (like for purees), it’s easy to leave out the salt, and there’s no reason to add it. But as babies grow and start to eat more table foods, I don’t think you have to limit salt too strictly. Maybe prepare foods with just a little salt and let other members of the family add more as needed at the table?

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      June 1, 2015
      • Eva #

        Thanks–I’d love to read a full post from you on the subject sometime. Rereading my post, it kind of sounds like I was accusing you of oversalting your baby–sorry! I meant to convey that I feel like salt has kept me from offering some foods we’re eating that I might otherwise have given him, and wondered when I could loosen up.

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        June 1, 2015
        • Oh no, I didn’t take it that way at all! I think it’s an excellent question. I was definitely more thoughtful about avoiding salt with Cee, and I think you’re right to be paying attention to it. Thank you for the comment!

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          June 1, 2015
  10. I don’t have a baby yet. But I always interested become a mother. 😀
    You are an awesome mom, thanks for sharing

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    May 30, 2015
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    June 1, 2015
  12. Good info. Just blogged about the same thing myself as it has been a journey with my little one. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 1, 2015
  13. I’ve heard another sign of readiness for solids is if a baby who’d previously been sleeping through the night starts to wake for an additional feeding or two. Not sure of the validity of this since there are many babies who don’t sleep all the way through the night until after 6 months of age.

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    June 1, 2015
    • Yes, I’ve heard that too, but I haven’t seen any research on it. I’ve also heard that sometimes parents notice that their baby just seems unsatisfied at the end of breastfeeding or is asking for milk more frequently. Any of these could also just be a growth spurt coinciding with the age when we typically start solids, but if you’re noticing these things happening and baby is otherwise ready to try solids, I’d say go for it. The studies comparing starting solids at 4 months vs 6 months generally show that the babies eat the same amount of calories whether they’re eating solids or not, so adding solids doesn’t necessarily increase caloric intake. It’s also not likely to help babies sleep through the night – there’s a little research on that as well. But again, there are probably exceptions to this, and some babies may really need a little calories and adding solids helps them meet that need.

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      June 1, 2015
  14. cvnadagroup2017 #

    i’ll share to my this information to my candidate wife

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    June 2, 2015
  15. Louise #

    In response to your interesting post and a comment from a reader about an “open” gut. Having looked into this area quite deeply prior to introducing solids to my last child, I would suggest that delaying until 6 months is important and beneficial in the majority of cases. Some online articles with supporting references:
    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/delay-solids/
    http://www.cps.ca/documents/position/weaning-from-the-breast
    http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a9142/solids-by-age-birth-to-six-months#section2
    http://www.thealphaparent.com/2011/07/virgin-gut-note-for-parents.html
    In my son’s case, I waited until 6 months before offering him anything other than breastmilk. He refused all purees, and only began taking small bites of solid / non-pureed food at around 10 months. He was eating a significant amount of solids at around 13 months.
    Thank you for your great site!

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    June 2, 2015
    • Hi Louise – Thanks for your comment. Have you read my last post about age of introduction of solids? When I researched this topic, I was surprised that the data weren’t stronger to support 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. There are small trade-offs for starting earlier or later, and I think it makes the most sense to follow baby’s developmental readiness and interest (within that 4-6 months range). Here’s a link to that post: https://scienceofmom.com/2015/05/14/starting-solids-4-months-6-months-or-somewhere-in-between/

      As I said in that post, some organizations recommend 4-6 months and some recommend EBF to 6 months. Either is fine, because there’s not really strong data one way or the other.

      I’ve read the articles from KellyMom and Alpha Parent. Both cite research, but when I’ve followed those citations, I can’t actually find any empirical evidence that the gut is unable to handle solids before the magical age of 6 months (except for the one study discussed in my post above that found a small increase in risk of GI infection for starting solids between 3 and 5 months). I looked carefully at this issue when I was doing the research for my book, but I couldn’t find any real description of “open” or “virgin” gut, as described in these articles, in the academic literature. There’s something similar described in the allergy literature, but so far, the data on allergies points to introduction between 4-6 months as a sort of sweet spot for teaching the immune system about food proteins so that they are tolerated. (This is a running hypothesis, and there’s still a lot of work to be done in this area.)

      The Canadian Pediatric Society link that you provided above is excellent and consistent with what I’ve read in the literature as well. Although their official recommendation is 6 months of EBF, if you read the “Nutritional and Developmental Issues” section, they also say this:
      “While it is ideal for infants to be exclusively breastfed for six months, it is also true that after a certain age, human milk alone cannot supply all of an infant’s nutritional requirements.[6][13] Individual circumstances may make it appropriate for some infants to start complementary feedings as early as four months of age.[13][14]”
      They also discuss the risks of waiting too long beyond 6 months to introduce solid foods.

      I hope this helps you and other readers understand that the research in this area supports introducing solid foods when baby is giving signs that he or she is ready, not simply guided by the calendar. I do worry about some of the Internet articles I read that imply that anything less than 6 months of EBF can put the baby at risk because of virgin gut or whatever. It’s really not accurate, and it can provoke anxiety in situations where solid foods could really be beneficial to a baby (such as in Roxanne’s situation in my previous post). Plus, I worry that it takes the focus off of being observant of the baby and watching his readiness signs. That kind of observation and following baby’s lead starts you on the right foot for being responsive in your feeding, rather than just waiting for an arbitrary date on the calendar.

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      June 2, 2015
  16. Roger #

    Our son absolutely refused anything with texture of any kind until he was about 18 months. Of course several acquaintances and family members had to step in and “show us how it’s done” but nope he wouldn’t take it from them either.

    Eventually (by rationing the milk) I got him on oatmeal and some other soft things like plain yogurt. Even if there was a berry in the yogurt he would spit it out.

    Of course we kept trying periodically to introduce him to other foods. Now around his 2nd birthday over a matter of a few weeks he changed completely. Would you believe his favorite foods are sprouts, onions, carrots, beets, bacon…

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    June 3, 2015
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    June 6, 2015
  18. My 8 week old is already 15lbs (breast fed exclusively and 6lbs 12oz at birth) and there is no way he is ready for solids. Like you said, weight seems like an arbitrary thing since all babies are different.

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    June 17, 2015
  19. On when it would be best starting on solids I think the date should be asked to the baby and not decided by someone else who, let’s face it, doesn’t have a clue (be that the mother or the doctor doesn’t really matter). If the parent is not explained the clues that their child is giving out it is all pointless as there is no empowerment.
    Also, by starting at 4 months or whenever the PARENT is ready the child will have to be fed (note the verb in a passive form) baby food and that in my book means that the same child is not ready to start solids yet.
    In any case, the Cochrane Collaboration of 2012 – from which the WHO recommendations are drawn – analyzing in this instance over 3 THOUSANDS pieces of research (and not 1 as it is in this post) and building on a similar work carried out 10 years earlier, says that all thing considered we are better off waiting till 6 months.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003517.pub2/abstract;jsessionid=F200D02E37F41F3D6E9E58C0A145038C.f01t03

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    July 9, 2015
  20. Jill Kolasa #

    Thanks for the confirmation that all babies are different! We have 4 month old twins, and we are already being pressured by some to start them both on solids. I had a feeling that one twin would be ready before the other, and this article validates that. Both babies have their strengths and weaknesses and are developing differently, so this is no different. Love the fact-based approach of this blog.

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    October 16, 2015
  21. Kellye #

    Doubling of birth weight is not a good indicator as all my babies (and many others I know) have reached that milestone long before 2 months of age!

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    January 13, 2016
    • Kellye #

      A better milestone to wait for I think is when baby cuts their first tooth.

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      January 22, 2016
  22. wow!! amazing tips and this article is very important to every mom. thanks. foodsbenefit.com

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    January 30, 2016
  23. It is a beautiful post !Watch baby’s cues – this is particularly easy if baby nurses beforehand and most/all of the solids are offered to baby to self-feed. Increase solids gradually if baby is interested, with a maximum of 2 meals per day.
    Thanks:)

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    April 6, 2016
  24. At 3.5 mos old we started sitting baby in his highchair at the dinner table with us while we ate breakfast each morning. I gave him spoons to explore while we ate. He demonstrated food readiness with good sitting skills and showed interest in our foods at 4 mos old so he tried his first solid: homemade puréed sweet potatoes. He did great and we’ve trialed lots of different foods since. He is now seven mos old and I’m trying to decide when to start finger foods!

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    April 12, 2016

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