Introducing Solides

Signs your baby is ready for solids!

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  • Hold their head up on their own

  • Sit up in a high chair

  • Open their mouth open WIDE when offered a spoon

  • Turn their face away if they don’t want food

  • Close their lips over the spoon

  • Keep food in their mouth and swallow instead of pushing it out

Usually, babies are ready to start solids at 6 months old

  • Solids provide the extra iron and nutrition that babies need for healthy growth and development

  • But don’t forget… Breast milk is still important!

What are hunger cues?

  • Open mouth when offered food on a spoon

  • Putting hands in mouth

  • Shows interest in eating

  • Leans forward towards food/spoon

What are fullness cues?

  • Pushes spoon with food away

  • Keeps mouth closed and/or turns head away

  • Seems upset or disinterested

  • Spits food out

What foods should be introduced?

  • Introduce foods that are rich in iron

  • These include: infant cereals, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, lentils and chickpeas

  • Offer iron rich foods two or more times per day


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  • Foods that caused allergic reactions like peanuts, eggs, or milk products can be introduced at 6 months

  • If you are introducing a food that is a “common” allergy, avoid offering more than one per day

  • Also, wait two days before introducing another food

  • This makes it easier to identify which food causes the reaction


  • Introduce a variety of soft textures – this can be lumpy, minced, pureed, mashed, or ground

  • Offer finger foods such as soft ripe fruit or grated cheese to encourage your child to feed themselves!

  • Introduce different textures sooner than later – delaying the introduction or lumpy textures beyond nine months can cause feeding difficulties when your baby gets older


City of Toronto. (2018). Feeding your Child. Retrieved from

Government of Canada. (2018). How Much Food You Need Every Day. Retrieved from