Updated: Mar 15
Babies are usually ready to be introduced to a balanced diet of solids to supplement their milk feed when they are around 6 months old.
Here are some signs that your little one may be ready for the big leap into the world of yummy solids.
1) Your baby is able to sit upright and hold his/her head up steadily
Baby weaning food should not be offered until your baby displays good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported.
2) Your baby is able to grasp stuff
Being able to grasp objects is also a sign that your baby is developmentally ready for solids, be it grabbing your tableware, taking toys to put into their mouth, or just grasping a rattle.
3) Your baby shows signs of interest in food
Your baby gets fascinated when you are eating, looking intently at you or your food during your meals.
4) Your baby starts imitating eating behaviors
Chewing motions, smacking of lips are possible signs your baby is practicing and getting ready for some tasty solids.
5) Your baby opens their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon
Take an empty baby spoon and bring it towards your baby's mouth. If your baby opens his/her mouth wide for the spoon and clamps down on it, it is a sign that he/she is probably ready for the solids journey.
6) The tongue thrust reflex has disappeared.
The tongue-thrust reflex helps babies push food out of their mouth to avoid choking, and the presence of this reflex is a sign that your baby may not be ready for solids.
Place a small amount of puree in your baby’s mouth to test for this reflex. If your baby keeps pushing the food back out with his/her tongue, it may be too early to start introducing solids and you may want to wait a few days before trying again. If the tongue-thrust reflex has disappeared, your baby should be able to move the food to the back of the mouth with his/her tongue to swallow.