When to Start Solid Food
When your child is ready to begin solids, he will stop pushing items out of the mouth and
Hi, my name is Dana Moore and I'm here today with About.com to talk with you about when to start your baby on solid foods. Most children begin solid foods between four and six months. Before this time, their digestive systems are not mature enough to handle solid food. Until your child is ready to eat solid foods, he should be breastfeeding exclusively or using a baby formula made for his age. Before attempting to start solid foods with your baby, talk with your pediatrician. A few basic physical movements can indicate that your baby is ready for solid food. One of the primary signs is if your child is able to sit well when she's supported. Your infant will need to be able to sit up assisted in order to eat and swallow her food appropriately. Keep in mind infants usually still 'extrude' food from their mouth when they are first introduced to solids (usually a paste of cereal and milk) at 4-6 months old. This is normal. It can take a few days to a week or so for some infants to get the hang of it.Babies up until this point in development will naturally push items out of their mouth with their tongue. When your child is ready to begin solids, he will stop pushing items out of the mouth and instead attempt to swallow them. Another sign of solid readiness is if you notice your infant making a chewing motion, a synced motion of the tongue and mouth. Your baby may also start starring at your food when you eat may attempt to grab your food and try to put it in his mouth. This is a clear sign that your child wants what you have.A common marker for solid food introduction is your baby’s weight. Before your baby begins solids, she should have doubled her birth-weight and be at least older than four months. Eventually your child will become very hungry and may show signs of constant hunger. If you notice that your baby is still hungry after more than eight feedings a day, you should talk with your doctor. For more information on infant care, please visit About.com.
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