5 Signs That Your Baby is Ready for Solid Food

Your baby will give you clear signs when he’s ready to move beyond a liquid diet. Cues to look for include:

  • Head control. Your baby needs to be able to keep his head in a steady, upright position.
  • Sitting well when supported. Your baby needs to be able to sit upright in an infant feeding seat or highchair to swallow well.
  • Losing the “extrusion reflex.” Your baby’s mouth and tongue develop in sync with his digestive system. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow it, instead of using his tongue to push food out of his mouth.
  • Significant weight gain. He may be ready to eat solids if he’s doubled his birth weight, weighs at least 13 pounds, and is at least 4 months old.
  • Curiosity about food. Your baby may begin eyeing or reaching for your food or may open his mouth if you offer him a spoonful.

Source: BabyCenter