When Do Babies Start Eating Solid Food? | Parents

I know parents are always so excited when the baby is turning 6 months! However, prior to your baby turning 6 months, your baby should only be drinking milk and only milk since your baby has not yet physically developed to eat solid food from the spoon and they need milk to provide them with all the nutrients that are needed for their growth. Does not matter if they are breast or bottle fed with breast milk, formula milk or both. Only you can decide which is best for you and your little babe, momma! It’s a judge-free zone here at Babydash ❤

Soon when they are turning 6 months, then the fun food party begins! 🎉 Cause then she/he can finally join the family at the dining table 😁 Yay! But before you are out celebrating that exciting milestone by shopping tons of delish goodies for your baby, here are some tips I have prepared to make it easy for you!

I am no mind-reader, but some of you might be wondering, “How do I know that my baby is ready for solid foods?” Your baby’s readiness for solid foods is all depending on your baby’s rate of development. No two child is the same ☺ If your baby starts to sit up with minimal support, demonstrate good head control or even reach for food off other family members’ plates, then they may be are ready for solid food 🍽 Remember to check with your pediatrician before you start giving your baby solid foods!

When starting solid foods, it is best to give your baby one single-food ingredient meal at a time. Give the new food for 3-5 days before adding another new food to your baby’s palate. This way you can tell which foods your baby may be allergic to or can’t tolerate. Soft-textured foods are super important when first introducing foods. Your baby should start by having pureed or mashed foods when they are around 6 months. As they grow and develop chewing and motor skills, they are able to handle soft pieces of fruits and finger foods. A variety of yummier and heartier foods can later be introduced as your baby ages!

Here are some examples of age-appropriate solid foods that you can incorporate into your baby’s diet.

6 months:
– Well-cooked and pureed meat, poultry or beans
– Ground, cooked, single-grain cereal or infant cereal with breast milk or formula
– Cooked and pureed vegetables
– Mashed fruits

9 months:
– Well-cooked, minced or finely chopped meat, poultry or beans
– A variety of cooked vegetables cut into small, ½ inch pieces, such as squash and green beans
– Sliced and quartered bananas or small pieces of other soft fruits

12 months:
– Soft, shredded meat, poultry or fish
– Small pieces of cooked vegetables
– Small pieces of soft, easy to chew fruits
– Mixed food dishes the family is eating in appropriately sized pieces

It is also important to ensure that your baby is always sitting upright and face forward when eating. This makes swallowing easier and choking less likely to happen! And be sure to not feed your baby solid foods from a bottle. It can be a choking hazard and putting cereal in your baby’s bottle won’t help them sleeping through the night!

And there are tons of delicious recipes online that you can try. Here’s one homemade recipe that we shared on our Instagram previously, featuring Baby Natura’s organic brown rice which you can purchase here. Have fun, parents!