Signs your baby is ready for solids!
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
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 https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/parenting/feeding-your-child/
Government of Canada. (2018). How Much Food You Need Every Day. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/canada-food-guide/food-guide-basics/much-food-you-need-every-day.html