by Heidi Green
December 20, 2011
Experts agree most babies are ready for solid foods around 6 months of age. But it’s important to watch your baby—not the calendar. Your baby will show signs of developmental readiness, including, an ability to:
When your baby shows these signs of readiness, you can begin to introduce solids.
If your baby refuses to open his mouth, turns his head away from the food, or pushes the spoon away from his mouth, it may indicate that he is not hungry or that he isn’t interested (yet) in the food being served. It usually takes repeated offerings (10 or more!) before a child accepts a new food. If your baby refuses to eat, wait a few minutes and try again. If he still resists, try a different food. Refusing to eat at all might be a sign that your baby is full or that he is not developmentally ready for solids.
Click here to learn about first foods to serve as you start your baby’s introduction to solids.
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