Introducing Solid Food for Baby
As with all aspects of parenting, watch your child and not the calendar. Look for these ready-to-eat cues for introducing solid food for baby:
Able to sit with support, reaches and grabs, and mouths hands and toys.
Watches you eat, following your fork as it moves from plate to mouth.
“Mooches,” reaching for food on your plate.
Mimicks your eating behaviors, such as opening her mouth wide when you open your mouth to eat. Grabbing your spoon is not a reliable sign of feeding readiness, since baby may be more interested in the noise, shape and feel of your utensils rather than the food stuff on them.
Baby can show and tell. Around six months of age babies have the ability to say “yes” to wanting food by reaching or leaning toward the food and “no” by pushing or turning away. Expect mixed messages as your baby learns to communicate. When in doubt, offer, but don’t force.
Does Baby Seem Hungry for Additional Food?
If your baby is content with breastmilk, no need to complicate his life with solid food for baby. If, on the other hand, your baby seems unsatisfied after a feeding, is shortening the intervals between feedings, and several days of more frequent feedings don’t change this, it may be time to begin.
Source: Ask Dr. Sears