The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says you can start your child on solids between 4 and 6 months, yet the answer really depends on your baby. Meanwhile, here are some signs that your little one may be ready for baby food:
- They can sit upright and hold up their head.
- They are curious, looking at everything around them—especially what you're eating!
- Opens the mouth when food is offered
- They lost the tongue thrust reflex that automatically pushes food out of their mouth.
- Swallows food rather than pushes it back out onto the chin.
- Brings objects to the mouth.
- Tries to grasp small objects, such as toys or food.
If your baby does not seem ready to eat yet, that's OK. Remember that there's no need to rush this milestone. In fact, it's typically better to wait than to start early (experts say that you shouldn't start solids before 4 months). Most babies are ready to start solids between 5 and 6 months.