First and foremost, a few feeding basics:
- Always feed your infant in high chair or other belted seat that is pulled up to the kitchen table. Read more
After the first several months of life, your baby is approaching that age when either of one of two scenarios occurs:
1. Baby is practically grabbing the spoon out of your hand when you’re eating and seems so eager to eat some of that!
2. Friends, family members, and even the pediatrician keep asking when you plan to start solids.
What is the right age, what is the right first food, and how exactly do you go from there? This blog covers a plan that is based on research, professional, and personal experience. The important thing is to follow your baby’s lead. It is up to your baby to learn to eat at his or her own pace, not up to you to make them eat.
According to the current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the age to consider starting solids is 6 months old. This is later than previous recommendations and probably later than our parents started feeding us foods. There are several reasons why this age is recommended, which include developmental milestones and readiness, digestive system maturity, and long-term studies looking at outcomes of risk for developing issues like food allergies, digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes, etc. In addition to watching the calendar for that 6-month birthday, watch your baby closely for signs of readiness as well.