So, your thinking about starting solids but unsure when is the best time to start...
Prepare for your house to be no longer clean. It’s amazing how far a little person can fling a bowl of yoghurt.
All babies are different but normally start to show signs they are ready for solids between 4 and 6 months. Before this breast milk or formula is enough for your baby.
With my first baby I waited until 6 months before introducing solids, one puréed vegetable at a time. I also spoon-fed him to avoid any mess on him, the high chair and my floors. Looking back it could explain why at 7 years old he still hates messy things on him and around him (including his two brothers). I used to wipe him clean after each mouthful and he was my only baby to gag on most foods.
I enjoyed the second and 3rd time around so much more. I was way more relaxed. I made beautiful home-made baby food with 3 and 4 ingredients that were eagerly gobbled up (no gagging). I didn't even purée the food, just mashed it with a fork. They were both so much more adventurous and still are with food and life in general.
I let them both feed themselves from a very young age, partly due to having other things to occupy my time like running around after a toddler and running a business. Letting them both self wean I've noticed they have never been clean (ever) but mainly they will always try new things and both have very healthy appetites.
Foods to Avoid:
Signs your baby may be ready for solids:
Foods to try:
Finger foods to try:
Good luck with starting solids. Remember have patience and you will breeze through.
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