I loved breastfeeding my son Griffin, but I was also very excited to be starting solids! I had visions of him squealing in delight over homemade pears and squash (okay, reality was a little different).
I knew six months was around the time to start him on solid foods, but I wanted him to tell me when he was ready.
(Wondering what to feed as a first food? Check here.)
Here’s how I knew my baby was ready for starting solids
Here are the 5 Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solid Food
1. Baby isn’t drooling as much
The first 3 months, Griffin was a drooling machine. Now at 6 months, he’s learned to swallow his salvia which means he can swallow food.
2. Baby sits up without much assistance
This allows the baby to sit in a highchair, positioned well for food swallowing and digestion.
3. Baby shows interest in food
Griffin didn’t just stare at us when we ate in front of him, he burned holes through us with his hungry little eyes.
4. Baby imitates eating behaviors
Griffin gummed, chewed, and smacked his lips – clearly practicing for the real deal!
5. Baby doesn’t reject food when you try feeding him
Well, maybe not always, but Griffin generally enjoyed tasting new foods. Sometimes, I had to “work it” to get him to swallow, but he got there.
How about you?
When did you begin starting solids and how did you know s/he was ready? Share with us!