Is Your Baby Ready For Solid Foods

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Your little one is growing like a weed and drinking you out of house and home. You may be wondering if your little one is ready for some solid food. Here are a few tips to help you determine if your baby is ready to take the next step


by: Sarah Veda

Your little one is growing like a weed and drinking you out of house and home.
You may be wondering if your little one is ready for some solid food. Here are
a few tips to help you determine if your baby is ready to take the next step.

Gone are the days when anxious moms start their little ones on cereal somewhere
between six and twelve weeks. To be honest, these moms did this for their own
convenience, rather than the baby`s health. Starting a baby on cereal early can
help them sleep through the night sooner, which, I know, sounds heavenly. But
here`s why it`s not a good idea. Your baby`s tummy is just not developed enough
to properly digest solids, even watered down cereal, just yet. If you force the
issue, you are inviting a tummy ache, or worse, a true gastric disorder. So, when
those older ladies give you this advice, smile and ignore it. But don`t fault
them too much. About 30 years ago, this was considered the thing to do, and even
pediatricians endorsed it.

Today, most pediatricians will recommend that you wait until your baby is five
to six months old to start solids. In addition to using this age as a guideline,
there are some signs you can look for that indicates that your child is really
ready. If you wait until you see some signs of readiness in your child, you will
likely have much better success than if you just pick a day and start.

First, is your baby interested in what you are eating for dinner? At four and
a half months, my daughter was literally grabbing for my plate when she sat with
us at the table. Since she was clearly interested, we started her just a bit before
she turned five months.

Another good indicator is that your child can sit fairly well, with only a little
support. It`s much easier to feed them solids when they are somewhat able to support
themselves. You will probably still have to support them with pillows or rolled
up towels for a while, especially if you put them straight into the high chair.
There are some great feeding chairs for younger children that can work better
than a high chair in the early days.

If you think your baby is ready for solids, check out my article on the best
starter foods. You can find it in “Mommy to Mommy - The Truth about Taking Care
of Baby” at http://www.educatedmother.com.
 
 

About The Author

Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl. She spent
many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up to be a stay at
home mom. Go to
http://www.infantresources.com now and get her incredible baby minicourse - absolutely free.



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