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.
One baby might seem to be ready for solids at 4 months, while another shows no signs of readiness until around 6 or 7 months. Just because your friend’s baby may have began eating solid foods at 3 or 4 months of age does not mean that your baby should.
At 4 months, babies usually take 4 to 6 ounces per feeding. At 6 months, babies may be taking up to 8 ounces every 4 to 5 hours.
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.
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.
At 4 months your baby’s digestive system isn’t mature yet, this is why early introduction to solids is often associated with GI issues such as, constipation, gas, upset tummy etc. Around 6 months the gut begins to close (aka matures) and allows for more optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.
When the time is right, start with a single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal. Rice cereal has traditionally been the first food for babies, but you can start with any you prefer. Start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of cereal mixed with breast milk, formula, or water. Another good first option is an iron-rich puréed meat.
Babies should only begin drinking sips of water once they start eating solid foods. Before then, babies get the hydration they need from formula and/or breast milk.
Chart of average weights
|Age||50th percentile weight for male babies||50th percentile weight for female babies|
|2.5 months||12.6 lbs. (5.7 kg)||11.5 lbs. ( 5.2 kg )|
|3.5 months||14.1 lbs. ( 6.4 kg )||13 lbs. ( 5.9 kg )|
|4.5 months||15.4 lbs. ( 7.0 kg )||14.1 lbs. ( 6.4 kg )|
|5.5 months||16.8 lbs. (7.6 kg)||15.4 lbs. ( 7.0 kg )|
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.
How much tummy time babies need by age
|Age of baby||Daily tummy time recommendations|
|3 months||up to 30 minutes per day, can be split into multiple sessions|
|4 months||up to 40 minutes per day, can be split into multiple sessions|
|5–6 months||up to 1 hour at a time, as long as baby isn’t fussy|
Breastfeeding at 4, 5 and 6 months At this age, most breastfed babies are nursing around 6 times a day. If you have a few days here and there where you feel like your baby is constantly nursing, they may be going through a growth spurt, teething or feeling a little under the weather.
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.
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.
Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast- feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast- feeding or formula- feeding.