Is she old enough?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommend introducing solid food at around 6 months of age, informs Lisa Barrangou, PhD, author of The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book. Starting earlier could increase her risk of becoming overweight or obese as a child or adult, and waiting much later could lead to possible nutritional deficiencies.
Is she acting ready?
There are certain behaviors that can indicate your tot is equipped to handle solid foods. Barrangou suggests looking out for these signs:
– Shows interest in your meal by smacking her lips or grabbing at your food
– Maintains head and neck control while sitting in a supportive highchair
– Opens her mouth and leans forward when food is offered
– Leans back and turns away when she’s uninterested in food
– Is able to swallow food without pushing it out with her tongue
Is your pediatrician on board?
Discuss your plan to broaden your little one’s dietary horizons at baby’s 6-month well-check. Your pediatrician can offer guidance on when, what and how much to feed your infant, as well as answer any questions you might have about the process.