Discover when it is time to introduce solids for baby

Five Signs Your Baby Is Ready For Solids

Posted in 4+ Months, 4+ Months Development, 6+ Months, 6+ Months Development, Introducing Solid Food, Preparing for Solid Foods

The first solids for baby is a huge development milestone - but do you know what to look for when trying to work out whether your baby is ready to start solids?

The best advice is to be led by your baby and not the calendar or what your friend’s babies are doing. Just keep an eye out on for the following five signs that can guide you.

Your baby is ready for solids when they:

Hold their head steady:

While babies are able to lift their heads from around 4 weeks of age, it’s not until they are around 4 months that they can hold it up when in a supported sitting position. This head control is generally strong and steady by the time they reach 6 months.

Sit with help:

The muscles your baby needs to be able to hold themselves steady in a sitting position start to become strong enough from around 4 months. Initially your little one will need support but this upright posture is important to for safe solids and the prevention of choking.


Lose their tongue thrust reflex:

This reflex is activated when your baby’s lips are touched, and the result is their tongue moves forward. This reflex is helpful for feeding from the breast or bottle, but if present is a sign your baby is not ready for solid foods. This reflex is often mistaken for an indication of food dislike when solids are started too early.

Show great interest in what you eat:

As your baby becomes more aware of the world around them, they also tend to become more interested in food—babies ready for solids will watch you intently while you are eating often reaching and grabbing food or opening their mouths like a little bird as you eat.


Are less satisfied with only milk feeds:

It’s very important that this cue is coupled with the above readiness signs as many mistake a hungry baby for one who needs to start solids. Babies commonly experience a growth spurt around the 3-4 month mark and this can see many wake at night and need to feed more often. If your little one isn’t showing any of the other signs of solids readiness then more frequent milk feeds are best to satisfy your baby’s increased needs for food.
Every baby is different and will become solids ready in their own time. If you are unsure about whether to introduce solids, check with your maternal health nurse.

Think bub is ready but not sure where to start? Check out our guide to How to: Starting Solids.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .


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