Mama Doc 101: Introduction of Solids May 20, 2011 2 Comments 40 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD says
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I really like the approach of introducing solids based on signs of readiness in the baby, rather than some certain age. Just like babies reach other milestones at different times, it makes sense to me that they would be ready for solids at different times too. Two of my children were SO ready by 4-5 months, even though I was in no hurry – they were reaching for food, smacking their lips when we were eating, sitting up well, and immediately loved solids (we started with avocado and other fresh fruits and veggies instead of grains). But my second daughter wanted nothing to do with solids at that age. In fact, I didn’t even try to give her any until she was 6 months old, when I thought I’d give it a shot. She completely rejected them – stuck out her tongue, and showed no interest. I tried again every few weeks until finally around 8.5 months, she was ready. After that, she loved food. It just took her longer to get there.