When can babies start eating solid food?
Children can start eating solid food when they are ready and this can vary from child to child. Usually, pediatricians recommend introducing solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age when your baby shows signs of being ready. Here are some of the signs that may indicate that your baby is ready for solid food:
Supports the head and neck independently.
Shows interest in food and tries to take food from the plate or spoon.
Can open the mouth and swallow food.
Shows reduced interest in breastfeeding or bottle feeding, which may indicate that the child is hungry more often than usual.
Can sit up with support.
When introducing solid foods, start with small amounts and gradually increase the amount over time. Give only one type of food at a time and give it for a few days before introducing another type of food. This will help you identify any allergic reactions or digestive problems.
Most babies are introduced to solid foods through pureed or soft foods such as bananas, avocados and mashed sweet potatoes. As the child becomes more comfortable with solid foods, you can introduce soft pieces of fruit, vegetables and bread.
It is important to note that each child is unique and the timing of introducing solid foods may vary. Talk to your pediatrician about what is best for your child and when to start introducing solid foods.