How to start solids: Nurse your baby before offering other foods. Some babies like to sit in a high chair while others prefer to sit in somebody’s lap. Offer food when the baby is in the mood to learn. Offer small amounts of food. If your baby does not seem to like a new food, offer it again at another time.
Solid foods may be introduced in any order. However, puréed meats, poultry, beans and iron-fortified cereals are recommended as first foods, especially if your baby has been primarily breastfed, since they provide key nutrients.
For babies who are exclusively breast-fed, waiting until age 6 months before introducing solid food can help ensure that they get the full health benefits of breast-feeding. Starting solids too early — before age 4 months — might: Pose a risk of food being sucked into the airway (aspiration)
4 to 6 months old Pea purée. Share on Pinterest. Banana purée. Often called a “perfect” food, bananas are rich in potassium and fiber. Baby brown rice cereal. Rice cereal is one of the most common foods to introduce because it’s less allergenic and easily digested. Avocado purée. Baked sweet potato purée. First carrots purée.
Signs your baby is ready for solids include when your baby: has good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported. shows an interest in food – for example, by looking at what’s on your plate. reaches out for your food. opens their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon.
If your baby is around 6 months old, you can offer small amounts of cooled boiled tap water but you should not replace their breastmilk or formula feeds. Breastmilk or formula should still be their main drink up to 12 months of age. After 12 months, their main drink should be water and cow’s milk or breastmilk.
Babies start rolling over as early as 4 months old. They will rock from side to side, a motion that is the foundation for rolling over. They may also roll over from tummy to back. At 6 months old, babies will typically roll over in both directions.
For your first few feedings, give your baby just 1 or 2 teaspoons of pureed solid food or infant cereal after nursing or bottle-feeding. Use a soft-tipped plastic spoon to feed your baby to avoid injuring his gums. Put a small amount of food on the tip of the spoon and offer it to him.
As your baby starts eating solid foods, he or she will drink less. Slowly increase the amount of solid food you offer and decrease the amount of breast milk or formula. Remember, all foods should be offered by spoon and not in the bottle.
Most babies are ready to start solids between 5 and 6 months. Don’t start solids before 4 months.
Babies given solid food plus breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a new study.
Starting Solids Too Soon As a result, the risk for food allergy, eczema, celiac disease, gastrointestinal infection and excessive weight gain are higher. So avoid adding cereal to the bottle and hold off on solid food introduction until around 6 months.
When your 4 -6 month old baby is learning to use a cup, giving him a few sips of water a couple of times a day (no more than 2 ounces per 24 hours) is fine and fun. Once baby starts solids, you might want to give him a few sips of expressed milk or water with his solids – some babies need this to prevent constipation.
Baby weight chart by age
|Baby age||Female: 50th percentile weight||Male: 50th percentile weight|
|4 months||14 lb 3 oz ( 6.4 kg )||15 lb 7 oz ( 7.0 kg )|
|5 months||15 lb 3 oz (6.9 kg)||16 lb 9 oz (7.5 kg)|
|6 months||16 lb 1 oz (7.3 kg)||17 lb 8 oz (7.9 kg)|
|7 months||16 lb 14 oz ( 7.6 kg )||18 lb 5 oz (8.3 kg)|
Four- month -olds have pretty good head control while sitting supported, and they can hold their head and chest upright while lying on their stomach during tummy time. They also can kick and push with their feet. Some babies have even figured out how to roll from tummy to back at this point.