4 Signs that Your Baby is Ready for Solids Day 5 : Is Your Baby Ready for Solids? Here Are 4 Signs

4 Signs that Your Baby is Ready for Solids

Now that you know about the different approaches to weaning, let’s see whether your baby is developmentally ready to start his or her solid food journey.

What do we mean by “developmentally ready”?

Before solid foods are introduced, babies must be developmentally and physically ready so as to avoid choking accidents and to help them develop a positive relationship with food. 

Below are 4 signs that your baby is ready to wean off and begin feeding on solid foods.

4 Signs Your Baby Is Ready to Wean

1. Strong neck and head control

By 6 months, your baby's neck muscles are usually strong enough to hold their head steady when sitting upright. This is important for preventing choking and is an important factor in the solid food journey.

2. Independent sitting

Your baby should be able to sit up on their own, even if only for a few seconds at a time.

3. Reaching and grabbing

When your baby starts to reach out and grab objects, it's a sign that they are developing hand-eye coordination. This skill will be important for self-feeding.

4. Interest in food

If your baby seems curious or interested in food, this is a good sign that they are ready to start exploring new tastes and textures.


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If your baby is not showing any of these 4 signs, that’s completely okay. Don’t compare your baby to other babies. Your baby will get there soon!

Next week, we will explore in detail how you can help your baby develop or hone their skills like sitting up, reaching, grabbing, and chewing. We will guide you with fun and easy activities that will increase your bond with your little one!