It is completely up to you when you want to start introducing solids into your child's diet. You are the parent and you know your child best. Look for these signs to help you make your decision:
- Shows interest in your food when you are eating. Makes the mouth movements in the air while watching you eat. Reaches for spoons or food.
- Can sit up on their own or easily sit upright in a highchair.
- Can hold their head up on their own.
The most important thing that you can do is to take it slow when introducing foods. Start with a single grain, fruit, veggie or meat. Our favorites for first foods are rice cereal, avacado, peas, and bananas. Make sure that you start with just one and let them eat it for 3-4 days before introducing another food. This way, if your child has a reaction to something, you'll know exactly which food is causing the reaction! It also gives your baby's sensitive digestive tract time to acclimate. Variety is also key. When you start to introduce something new, keep giving them something that they have already had too. Teaching them how to eat a variety of foods and textures will help them to be less picky as they get older. (Of course, sometimes you can do all of that and still get a picky eater, but that's another story.)
Here's a little fun video for you all of Peanut. Since she got three teeth in the last 10 days, she has started to 'chew' her food. It is so cute....and yes, it really is that loud!