In general, baby’s ready for their solid foods start from six months old. Readiness of each baby to accept other foods besides breast milk or infant formula is different. Timing for introducing of solid foods should be appropriate, because if it is too early can decrease your baby appetite in milk consumption. Conversely, if it’s too late in providing solid foods will cause the baby is difficult to receive it, even refusing solid foods given at all.
Therefore, as parents, we need to know exactly when the right time to give your baby solid foods.
Signs of baby ready for his solid foods are:
- Do not push food out with his tongue.
- Able to withstand her head with the neck upright.
- Can sit upright in order to swallow food properly.
- Usually the baby is ready to eat solid food when their weight reaches twice the birth weight.
- To start a non-liquid food, the baby’s mouth has started to move food toward the back and swallow it.
- Baby seems still hungry, despite having a lot of milk. We can say baby got a lot of milk if they have got milk from your breast (left and right breast), or they got 250 ml of infant formula.
- Babies woke up earlier or they woke up at night whereas they could sleep all night long before.
- Babies often bite their finger or try to put things into their mouth.
- Babies show interest in your food. In this case, the baby may be looking at your rice dishes, and then began trying to reach food on a plate and put it into his mouth.
It’s important to know the signs that your baby is ready for non-liquid food first, because it will largely determine the success of solid feeding in the foreseeable future.