Is Your Baby Ready For Solids?

If your baby is ready to move beyond liquid-only nourishment, here are the cues to look out for:

Head Control and Sitting WellBaby-Eating
Your baby is able to keep his head in a steady, upright position and is able to sit well when supported. Even if baby is not quite ready for a highchair, sitting upright is crucial to swallowing well.

Chewing Motions
Your baby’s mouth and tongue develop in sync with their digestive system. They should lose their extrusion reflex of pushing food out of their mouth with their tongue. To start solids, they should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow.

Significant Weight Gain
If your baby is double their birth weight, or reach about 15 pounds, and at least 4 months old.

Growing Appetite
Even with 8 to 10 feedings of breast milk or formula a day, they still seem hungry.

Food Curious
If you catch your baby eyeing your meals or even reaching for it as you bring the fork to your mouth, your baby is ready to be introduced to solids.