Now that you’re aware about the different approaches to weaning, let’s look at 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.
1. Strong neck and head control
By 6 months, your baby's neck muscles should be strong enough to hold their head steady when sitting upright. This is important for preventing choking and is a crucial step 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.