When to Start Solids

Finally, its chow time!!! When to start your baby on solids is a question that is met by a lot of conflicting answers.

However, the current recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF is that babies are exclusively breast-fed for the first 6 months. Solid foods should then be introduced from 6 months, with breastfeeding continuing up to 2 years. So yea, 6 months.

I know there’s a lot of pressure from family and friends to feed babies earlier than four months but let’s not forget that this recommendation is based on extensive research some of which was not available at the time that you and I were born.

I introduced solids to my little one when she was four months old because the American Academy of Pediatrics say it is best to introduce solid foods when your baby’s between 4 and 6 months. I was comfortable at four months because at four months my baby

  1. Could sit with very minimal support
  2. Was twice her birth weight
  3. Showed a lot of interest in my food
  4. Could swallow without pushing the food back

So you decide when it is okay to feed solids to your baby.

Here are a few things you will need when you decide to start your baby on solids
1. Food (Obviously)
2. Lot’s of bibs (ideally rubber or plastic easy to clean)
3. Feeding bowls and spoons
4. Water bottles (Shoprite has a lots of beautiful options
5. A good camera for all the lovely facial expressions

Enjoy the journey and bring your sense of humour because you can’t go back. they grow every minute.

 

 

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. PATIENCE ARMAH says:

    GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL,I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH BY READING THIS ARTICLE.NOW THAT I HAVE RESUMED WORK. THANK YOU

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    1. Thanks Patience. It feels good knowing the information here is useful to somebody. God bless you too! I’m always available for any question you may have on your journey.

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  2. Lee says:

    Great information, thank you. What recipes are right for 4-6month old babies, any meal plan suggestions?

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    1. Hello Lee. For 4- 6 months, try some of the puree recipes on this site. Carrot Puree, sweet potatoes, and fruits. Select ‘Recipes’ on the main menu and there are some options there.

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