When to introduce solids
Look for these tell-tale signs that baby is ready to give solids a go. These outward signals indicate that baby's digestive system has matured enough for solids.
- They are at least six months old. WHO guidance recommends waiting until six months to begin introduction of solids, and to treat solids as complementary to breastmilk (or formula).
- They can hold their head upright, without assistance or support.
- They can sit upright, supported or unsupported.
- They can grasp objects and bring them to their mouth.
- They've lost the tongue-thrust reflex. This is the reflex that causes a baby to push out its tongue as an object is placed in its mouth. In early life, this keeps them safe from choking on foreign objects.
- They can 'tell' you that they are full. They push away a bottle or the breast, turn their head away, or otherwise make it clear that they are finished!
Some babes will be ready at six months, others won't. Don't rush it!