How Do I Know When My Baby is Ready for Solids?

 

There are two factors to consider when deciding the right time to introduce solids to your baby. 

These are;

  • Physical readiness, and 
  • Developmental readiness

Let’s start with their physical readiness and risks. 

In the first six months of life, your baby's digestive system will undergo enormous change as it develops the ability to digest solid foods. 

During this time, their immune system is also maturing, allowing them to better fight any illnesses and bacteria they may come across. 

Before 6 months of age,  babies have a much lower stomach acid secretion than adults. This means that babies under the age of 6 months have lower defenses against bad bacteria entering the body because they don’t have the stomach acid to kill them off. 

Introducing solids before 6 months can also increase the risk of;

  • Gastrointestinal infections (foodborne illness, diarrhoea), respiratory illness (colds, bronchitis), and ear infections. 
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How Do I Know When My Baby is Ready for Chunkier Textures?

 

So this is a question about feeding techniques. 

When you’re considering feeding techniques, I always recommend that you think about;

  1. Making sure you’re providing foods that meet your baby’s nutritional requirements, and 
  2. Helping your baby to develop a positive relationship with nutritious whole foods. 

When it comes to introducing chunkier textures,  every baby is different and will develop at different stages. Most babies are able to eat chunkier textures and finger foods from 6 months.

I recommend offering purees or mashes to begin the meal (like a first course), then offering them  appropriate finger food to chew on or play with afterwards. 

This might look like pureed or mashed sweet potato with beef mince, followed by a piece of steamed broccoli afterwards. This provides them with the nutrition they need at each meal, while still allowing them to explore different tastes and textures and learn what the whole food looks, ...

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