Health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it's best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering solid foods. Until then, breast milk is the only thing they need!
What about Vitamin D?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy babies have a minimum intake of 200 IU of Vitamin D a day. Check with your baby’s doctor to find out if your baby is getting enough.
Will starting solids help my baby sleep through the night?
Some moms hear starting solids will help baby sleep longer or sleep, this information is not correct. In fact it can cause harm (choking and overfeeding) and trigger allergies in your baby. Your baby will sleep through the night when he is developmentally ready.
Why should I wait?
Many moms have friends and family members who tell them it is time to start solids, or brag that their babies were so advanced that they were ready for food at an early age, way before other babies.
In fact, starting solids too early can cause serious problems for babies. The best things you can do for your baby are breastfeed him and wait until he is ready for solids. Read More.
Watch your baby
You know your baby best. Watch him for signs of readiness for solids. Every baby develops at his own pace, some faster and some slower.
Your baby is ready for solids when he can do ALL of these things:
- Sit with some help
- Hold his head steady and straight
- Show interest by opening his mouth and leaning forward
- Close his lips over a spoon
- Keep food in his mouth
- Display eagerness to grab food and participate in meals
Baby is ready!
Many moms hold their babies during meal times so that they have the opportunity to watch and learn from other family members. When he is ready, he can sit in a chair on his own and watch. However you do it, yourbaby will love joining the family at meal times!
Talk to the WIC staff about good first foods for your baby. Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, WIC will provide baby food in his food package. If your family has a history that includes food allergies, there may be other foods you’ll want to avoid. Talk to your baby’s doctor.
When he shows signs of being ready, put some food in front of him and see what he does. Click here to read some tips for introducing new foods.