4 Signs Your Baby Is Ready to Start Solid Foods

Enrichment Therapies

April 10, 2024

Baby sitting in high-chair and eating from a spoon held by an adult.

By: Kelsey Phillips, M.A., CCC-SLP

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be introduced to foods other than breast milk or formula when they are about six months old. There are a few prerequisite skills that are important before you introduce foods to your baby.

1. Baby Can Sit Up On Their Own

Your baby should be able to sit up independently before introducing solids. Correct posture is vital for successful, safe feeding. 

2. Your Baby Has Strong Neck Control

If your baby is unable to hold their head up and control their neck, they will not be able to swallow safely.

3. They Can Bring Objects to Their Mouth

If your baby is bringing items to their mouth such as toys, they have one of the skills needed for self-feeding.

4. Your Baby Is Showing an Interest In Foods

If your baby watches you closely as you eat, reaches for food on the table, or opens their mouth to take a bite of your food, they may be ready to start trying foods!

Feeding Success With Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center

Introducing solids to your little one is an exciting time! If you feel overwhelmed by the process or have any concerns about your child’s eating, our specialists are here to help guide you and your child to a positive eating experience!

Contact our team today to learn more about introducing solid foods, or to schedule a free screening.

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