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what are the signs that a baby is ready to start solids?

not planning on trying anytime soon, she is 5 months and EBF (go me!)

i just would like to know the signs, i keep hearing about them but never in specifics.



Asked by staciandababy at 4:46 PM on Mar. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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    You will know that he is really ready to start solids when:

    he is about six months old

    he can sit up without any support

    he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething

    he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth

    he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp) Babies who are ready for solids can usually feed themselves.

    Mothers often report that they knew their babies were ready when they picked up food from a plate, chewed it, swallowed it, and wanted more.


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 5:18 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • yay momma!

    preferably wait until 6 months..

    if she can hold her head up..

    if she makes a chewing motion with her mouth.. if she's willing... start out slow

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 4:49 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • she chomps on my finger ( and my nipple a couple times lately) lol

    Answer by staciandababy at 4:59 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Over 6 months, can sit up, can grab fork mashed food and feed self, can swallow real food (doesn't push back out with tongue). It's better if babies are never spoon fed and they don't need baby foods. is a great website and has info on starting solids.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:03 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • tongue thrusting- that must be that cute thing she does when she yawns or is about to nurse, it's like the wave.

    Answer by staciandababy at 6:57 PM on Mar. 26, 2010