Starting Solids: When?
by Katja Leccisi, MS, RDN, Breastfeeding Today, August 2016
Ask most moms, and they will be able to tell you when their babies started eating foods. Well, perhaps not all of their babies if they have many, but their first ones for sure! I have asked grandmothers, and they still remember when they started feeding their little ones “pablum.” I can remember when food first crossed the lips of my now 22-year-old daughter at six months of age. Can you guess what is was? Ice cream! Not typical, especially not for a family of nutrition professionals, but her dad gave her a spoonful … that first taste was just for fun.
Starting solid foods is a big step, the first in the weaning process. Recommendations have changed over the years, and I find that sometimes moms are not sure what the latest news is. In this first part of the Starting Solids series, I will give you the most up-to-date information to the questions that I am most often asked.
Q: When should I start introducing foods to my baby?
A: Around the middle of the first year.
Although there was a period of debate as to whether complementary feeding should start at four or six months old, it’s now agreed that for most babies, complementary foods be introduced at around six months of age. Some babies will show signs of readiness a little before and some after six months.