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8 things to know before starting solid foods

6 months is ideal

Look for signs that your baby is ready to start solids when he or she is around 6 months old.

Each baby will be ready for solid food at different times, but most begin showing signs at around 6-months-old. Look for your baby to be more interested in your food, able to sit upright on his or her own, and able to hold his or her head up well. These physical signs of readiness are important to help reduce the risk of choking.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Infant Food and Feeding.
  2. Castle JL and Jacobsen MT. Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. Jossey-Bass/Wiley. 2013.

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