|My baby is 5 months old and really gets hungry! Is that a
sign that she is ready for solids?
There are a couple of criteria that baby must fulfill before
you can consider giving solids! Up until around six months
most babies are well nourished on milk alone. But some babies
are ready before that.
Your baby needs to be old and strong enough to hold up
her head, and to be generally showing an interest in food.
Some mothers really notice how their babies are intrigued
by adult food at mealtimes! Also your baby needs to have
grown out of the tongue thrust reflex. The reason why it
is difficult to get very small babies to take solids is
because they are born with the instinct of pushing anything
solid out of their mouths. Nature really does take care
of them! If you put a tiny bit of rice cereal which you
have made runny with baby milk (breast or formula, whichever
your baby usually has) then you will see whether the baby
immediately pushes it out with her tongue. If she does,
then she is probably too young for solids.
You also need to watch baby and see if she does movements
with her tongue such as back and forth as well as up and
down. Lastly, the baby needs to be able to open her mouth
to take the spoon.
Once she has mastered all of these you can start trying
a tiny bit of rice porridge at the feed you do when the
baby seems hungriest. This varies from baby to baby. Make
sure that the cereal is mixed with enough baby milk to make
it extremely smooth, and realize that the first few meals
are just to help the baby get the feeling of food, as opposed
to an actual exercise in nutrition!
Solids - Amount
Solids - Avoid in first year
Solids - Baby
trying to take charge
Solids - Best age to start
Solids - Changing
her mind about a food
Solids - Feeding
Solids - First
Solids - Getting
Solids - Keeping
Solids - Rice
Solids - Salt
content of food
Solids - Using
a bottle for solids
Solids - Very