As a new mom, you may be wondering when is a good time to start your baby on food solids. Generally, most mothers agree that you should breastfeed your baby until he or she is at least 6 months old. For mothers who are unable to produce sufficient breastmilk, breastmilk may be supplemented by formula milk which is just as good as breastmilk. Babies below the age of 6 months cannot take food solids as their digestive tracks are not well developed enough to churn solid food. Some baby may even fall ill or develop other risks if they are started on solids before they are ready.
Research shows that a baby’s digestive track starts to mature around the age of 6 months and they can begin digesting solid food. Please do not however immediately start your baby on food that adults like you and me take. You should always start with blended food such as blended carrots, peas and fish. Mix these with porridge or water and you’re good to go.
Among other signs that your baby is ready for solid food is that he can physically support himself without an adult propping him or her up. For example when a baby can sit up and hold his head up without flopping to the side, he is ready for solid food. Another sure sign is when your baby is excited about meal time and often wants to hold or grab his food with his hands.
Good luck on your journey of introducing your baby to solids. It is certainly a rewarding time and you can finally give your nipples a rest!