Deciding when to start introducing solid foods to your baby is an important decision that every parent must make. Here are a few things to consider when determining the right time to start feeding your baby solids:
Age: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed or formula-fed for the first six months of life. After this time, solid foods can be introduced. However, every baby is different, and some may not be ready for solids until closer to nine months.
Developmental milestones: It's important to consider your baby's developmental milestones when deciding when to start solids. Your baby should be able to sit upright, have good head control, and show an interest in food before starting solids.
Hunger: Observing your baby's hunger cues can also be a good indicator of when they are ready for solids. If your baby seems to be hungry even after a full feeding, it may be time to start introducing solids.
Allergies: If there is a family history of allergies, it may be recommended to wait until your baby is older to introduce solids. Consult with your pediatrician for guidance.
It's important to remember that introducing solids is a process, and it's okay to go slowly. Start with small amounts of pureed or mashed foods and gradually increase the quantity and variety as your baby becomes more comfortable with solids. If you have any concerns about introducing solids to your baby, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician for guidance.